United States panel endorses widespread use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine


The U.K. approved Pfizer's shot earlier this month and Canada cleared the vaccine Wednesday.

Who will get the coronavirus vaccine first? The situation is still being investigated to figure out what triggered the reactions.

New York Magazine claims the US had a vaccine in the month of January; reaction and analysis from Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Peter Hotez on 'America's Newsroom'. "We intend to act quickly".

The committee was tasked with answering whether, "based on the totality of scientific evidence available, the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risk for use in individuals 16 years of age and older".

If those vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, he said, "there will probably be enough vaccines in the USA to vaccinate everyone who wants one" by the summer.

As is common with new vaccines, Britain's regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has "advised on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccination, after two people with a history of significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday", Powis said.

"There is very little information about what happens to people who get the vaccine and then get exposed to COVID-19", Fuller said, adding that the patients so far have only been followed for about two months.

Two staffers with Britain's National Health Service suffered symptoms of "anaphylactoid reaction" when they received vaccinations at a hospital on Tuesday. Vaccines can not be administered to everyone as there would always be a risk for people with acute allergic reactions to different substances, not limited to vaccines.

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Some members of the advisory committee said during the meeting Thursday that more data is still needed to know how safe the vaccine is for specific demographics, such as pregnant women, women of child bearing age, marginalized communities of color and people with a history of severe allergies.

A small number of allergic reactions were reported during the Pfizer/BioNTech phase three trials.

More study is a practical solution, he said, because "this issue is not going to die until we have better data".

On its first day of its rollout, "several thousand" people received injections at 50 hospitals around England.

The same shot was first authorized by the United Kingdom on December 2; the first two people were vaccinated on Tuesday.

States will make the final decisions about who gets the vaccines first, though advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended health-care workers and long-term care facility residents be prioritized.

The documents also disclosed data on safety including cases of Bell's palsy among volunteers in the placebo and vaccine groups, though it said the cases in the trial occurred at the same rate as in the general population. The FDA noted in its report on the vaccine that while that is a "numerical imbalance", it does "not represent a frequency above that expected in the general population".

"The American public demands and deserves a rigorous, comprehensive and independent review of the data", said Dr. Doran Fink, a deputy FDA clinical director, said at the outset. And, we are grateful to the scientists and public health experts who evaluated the safety and efficacy of this vaccine free from political influence.

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