US President Trump pushed for fast approval on COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech
US President Donald Trump on Friday piled pressure on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to quickly approve the COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer and BioNTech
This, as the United States readied to roll out mass vaccination.
In a report on The Washington Post, the White House told US Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn to submit his resignation if the agency didn’t clear the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the day.
Hahn then disputed the characterization of the said call, but the alleged threat came as President Trump tweeted that the Food and Drug Administration was a “big, old, slow turtle” and told FDA chief to immediately get the “dam vaccines” out.
An expert committee had voted to grant an emergency use authorization (EUA) — which was expected within days — as the Food and Drug Administration worked to iron out the last minute details with Pfizer.
The Food and Drug Administration had said that it wanted to warn those who had severe allergies to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine for now.
It wasn’t clear whether having an emergency use authorization a day or two earlier than expected would change when the first Americans — health care workers and nursing home residents — would get their injections.
The United States hoped to have 20 million people vaccinated this month.
[UPDATE] The Food and Drug Administration in the United States (US FDA) announced that it authorized the use of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.