The Food and Drug Administration said early Friday that it “will rapidly work toward” authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on an emergency basis, an action that would kick off an unprecedented effort to inoculate enough Americans to stop a rampaging pandemic.
The FDA statement, which came hours after federal advisers endorsed the vaccine, added that the agency has also notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Operation Warp Speed, “so they can execute their plans for timely vaccine distribution.”
But the prospect of relief from the coronavirus came as 107,000 people were hospitalized with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, and a record 3,347 deaths were reported by state health departments, topping the milestone reached one day earlier. Within days, the country is likely to surpass 300,000 deaths since the pandemic’s arrival.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci says moves to reopen ‘inexplicable’ as U.S. case numbers plateau – The Washington Post
With newly reported coronavirus cases stalling at high levels after weeks of decline, and fewer Americans getting tested, health experts warned that pandemic fatigue in the United States could jeopardize recent progress against the virus. Despite the warnings, some states with still-growing outbreaks, such as Texas and Mississippi, have relaxed restrictions. “I don’t know why …Read more