While cases and casualties continue to increase rapidly in the US during the coronavirus epidemic, pressure is underway for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech incredibly quickly. Yesterday, after the advisory board of the FDA recommended the vaccine developed by Pfizer to be used in people over the age of 16 in the US, with 4 votes against 17, eyes turned to the FDA.
US President Donald Trump, in his post on his social media account, stated that the FDA was slow to approve Covid-19 vaccines, and called it “big, old, slow turtle” and “heavily bureaucratic” structure. Trump demanded that the FDA “stop playing” and instead start “saving lives” by allowing vaccines to be used as soon as possible.
According to reports in the US media, it was alleged that White House Secretary General Mark Meadows asked FDA President Stephen Hahn to approve the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the day, or to submit his resignation.
He recommended the “emergency use permit”
US Health Minister Alex Azar said in a television program he attended in the early hours, that the FDA incredibly quickly stated that it would approve the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Minister Azar stated that the federal government plans to work with the company on the transport of the vaccine, and noted that the vaccine can be administered to the most vulnerable people until Monday or Tuesday.
On the other hand, the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved for use in the UK, Canada, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.