A pharmacist labels syringes in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be handled, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York. The hospital expects to receive doses once a vaccine gets the emergency green light by U.S. regulators. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A U.S. government advisory panel has endorsed Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, in a major step toward an epic vaccination campaign that could finally conquer the outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. The group concluded that the shot appears safe and effective against the coronavirus in people 16 and older. A final FDA decision is expected within days. Shots would then begin for health care workers and nursing home residents. Widespread access to the general public is not expected until the spring, according to AP.
San Francisco will soon begin receiving our first 12,000 vaccine doses, which will go to our frontline healthcare workers who have stepped up every day to keep our community healthy.
It will take many months before we have widespread access to vaccines but hope is on the way. https://t.co/rvxLpzqR0H
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) December 10, 2020
“With the high efficacy and good safety profile shown for our vaccine, and the pandemic essentially out of control, vaccine introduction is an urgent need,” said Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer.
“We’re in the middle of the worst COVID-19 surge we’ve faced, and we all need to do our part to get it under control. We know how to keep each other safe: stay home as much as possible, keep your distance from others, and don’t gather with people you don’t live with. Wear a mask.” said Mayor Breed.
“I know it is difficult right now and people are tired, but there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Until then, we need to do everything we can to keep our friends, our family, and our neighbors healthy. All of our actions affect each other, let’s get through this together.” Continued Mayor Breed spreading positivity and encouragement via twitter.