USA – CDC’s vaccines panel recommends COVID vaccine; first doses administered

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine were given to healthcare workers around the US less than 72 hours after the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) emergency use authorization of the vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech, and less than 48 hours after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) vaccines committee recommended use of the vaccine.

In a 13 December press release that followed the 12 December meeting of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said, “Last night, I was proud to sign the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation to use Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in people 16 and older. This official CDC recommendation follows Friday’s FDA decision to authorize the emergency use of Pfizer’s vaccine.”

The ACIP meeting, originally scheduled for the afternoon of 13 December, was moved a day earlier after the emergency use authorization (EUA) came from FDA on the evening of the prior day…