HHS secretary: FDA intends to grant emergency use authorization for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told “Good Morning America” that the FDA informed Pfizer that it intends to grant emergency use to its COVID-19 vaccine.

“We could see people getting vaccinated Monday, Tuesday of next week,” Azar said Friday.

The FDA also released a statement Friday saying “it will rapidly work toward finalization and issuance of an emergency use authorization” following Thursday’s endorsement from its advisory panel.

statement which say it “will rapidly work toward finalization and issuance of an emergency use authorization.”

This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.

A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans.

Shots could begin within days, depending on how quickly the Food and Drug Administration signs off, as expected, on the expert committee’s recommendation.

In a 17-4 vote with one abstention, the government advisers concluded that the vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech appears safe and effective for emergency use in adults and teenagers 16 and older.

That endorsement came despite questions about allergic reactions in two people who received the vaccine earlier this week when Britain became the first country to begin dispensing the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.

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