Trump’s magnificent achievement.
It was the leadership of President Trump that made this medical miracle possible. Greatest President Ever.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
Coronavirus live updates: Trump says first Pfizer vaccines will be administered ‘in less than 24 hours’
By USA Today, December 11, 2020
Ten months and 20 days after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency authorization to a vaccine that data shows is highly effective at preventing a disease that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans.
The vaccine, from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, was developed at a historically swift pace, besting early estimates that projected it would be a year or more before a COVID-19 vaccine would be authorized.
Cutting-edge science and extraordinary funding helped compress that timeline, leading to a vaccine believed to be more than 90% effective in blocking the symptoms of COVID-19 and that has shown no major, unexpected safety problems.
“This is a light at the end of the long tunnel of this pandemic,” declared Dr. Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. About 2.9 million frontline health care workers and nursing home residents are expected to receive the vaccine in the first few days.
But the authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine will not immediately halt a pandemic that continues to infect and kill Americans at a record rate.
Multiple vaccines — including a similar one set to be reviewed by the FDA next week — will likely be needed to supply enough shots to slow the virus’ spread over coming months. Distribution of the vaccine presents expensive, challenging problems. And health experts worry that once all that work is done, not enough Americans will elect to take the vaccine.
FDA Approves Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine
Clears Way to Begin Vaccinating Millions of Americans by Next Week
Breitbart News, December 12, 2020:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday night approved the first coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in the United States, several media outlets reported, clearing the way for U.S. officials to begin vaccinating millions of Americans as early as next week.
The New York Times wrote:
The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Friday, according to three people with knowledge of the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it. The action means millions of highly vulnerable people will begin receiving the vaccine within days.
The Washington Post also confirmed the news that the FDA has approved the vaccine. The Post wrote:
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave emergency use authorization to the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine, launching what scientists hope will be a critical counteroffensive against a pathogen that has killed more than 290,000 Americans, shredded the nation’s social and political fabric and devastated the economy.
The vaccine, from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, will reportedly be shipped out in the. millions across America over the next week. The United States joins other countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada, in approving the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is administered in two separate doses ,weeks apart, and American officials have been preparing, as the vaccine requires being frozen for a massive undertaking of shipping and storing the vaccine nationwide. Pfizer has said the vaccine has a 95 percent effectiveness rate, without any serious side effects.
This week, U.S. officials from President Donald Trump’s administration gathered with governors at the White House to tout the coming vaccine and lay out a vision for distributing it nationwide.
Trump released a video on Twitter announcing the news of the FDA’s approval of the vaccine, saying it met the “gold standard of safety” of the world’s premiere agency that gauges effectiveness and safety of medicines.
“I have really good news,” Trump said. “Today our nation has achieved a medical miracle. We have delivered a safe and effective vaccine in just nine months. This is one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. It will save millions of lives and end the pandemic once and for all.”
Trump also touted Operation Warp Speed as helping deliver this vaccine, as his administration through this program put huge funding behind the effort to develop the cure—and to get it distributed out to the general public. The president said that while governors will decide how the vaccine is administered in their states, “the first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours.”
He also said that all Americans will be able to get it for free.
“We have made sure that this vaccine will be free for all Americans,” Trump said.
Senior officials from the Trump administration celebrated the news too.
“It is nothing short of a medical miracle to have FDA authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19 just over 11 months since the virus was made known to the world,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “Because of President Trump’s strong leadership and unwavering support for Operation Warp Speed, we have millions of doses of this vaccine that are now being shipped to every corner of America, with administration to begin as soon as providers are ready. The triumph of Operation Warp Speed is a tribute to dedicated public servants across HHS and the Department of Defense, our partners in the private sector, and incredible American scientists. This vaccine, like any vaccine FDA potentially authorizes, has been through multiple stages of safety review, and it has shown extraordinary effectiveness in protecting people from the virus. Vaccines will help bring this pandemic to an end, which is all the more reason to double down on the public health measures we need to stay safe in the coming months. As Americans get vaccinated, we need to continue taking steps like washing our hands, social distancing, and wearing face coverings to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.”
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