Trump calls COVID-19 vaccine a ‘medical miracle’
The head of the Ministry of Health and Human Services announced the delivery of millions of doses of vaccine
US President Donald Trump late Friday welcomed the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech coronavirus vaccine yesterday. The head of state called the emergence of a vaccine less than a year after the registration of the first cases of COVID-19 infection in the United States “a medical miracle”.
In a video message posted on Twitter, Trump said the first doses of the FDA-approved vaccine for emergency use will be administered “within 24 hours” and will be “free to all Americans.”.
The president said the vaccine “will save millions of lives and will soon end the pandemic once and for all.” However, health officials believe that it will be months before many Americans are able to get vaccinated, and that vaccination does not guarantee the complete eradication of the coronavirus..
President-elect Joe Biden, who had previously promised that 100 million doses of the vaccine would be used in the first 100 days after he came to power, has not yet commented on the FDA’s actions. Biden will be sworn in on January 20.
Chief Democrat in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “Americans must fully trust this vaccine knowing that it has been reviewed and recommended by independent experts on the FDA advisory panel.”.
In a statement, Pelosi urged federal authorities to take action to accelerate vaccine production, adding: “We must ensure that the vaccine is free and distributed as soon as possible in a fair and equitable manner to as many Americans as possible.”.
Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the shipment of a million doses of vaccines, adding that despite the good news, Americans must continue to wash their hands, adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear protective masks..
Senate Health Committee Chairman, Republican Lamar Alexander tweeted that the American public should be “grateful to both the pharmaceutical scientists and the federal government who achieved this result, and the Trump administration and Congress for funding it” efforts to develop and distribute the vaccine.
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