USA – FDA to expedite review of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will move « as quickly as possible » to clear vaccine candidates developed by Moderna and Pfizer for emergency use.

Azar told « Squawk Box » on CNBC that the FDA would review their effectiveness and safety and remove « any unnecessary bureaucratic barriers » standing between the two vaccines hitting the market.

“We hope those applications from both Pfizer and Moderna will get in as quickly as possible,” Azar said. “We will independently call those balls and strikes on the data and evidence, but we’re going to do so as quickly as possible, consistent with just making sure the science, the evidence and the law support authorization.”…