This photo shows the head office of the American multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer in New York.
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Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine faces one final hurdle as two dozen independent experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will spend on Thursday debating the issue during a livestreamed public event, an exercise in transparency unmatched by any other regulatory agency.
At the end of the day Pfizer races to become the first shot greenlighted in the US: a panel of experts who will scrutinise the company’s data for any red flags.
The members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will hold a vote on whether or not to recommend that the FDA issues an emergency use authorisation (EUA).
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Thursday’s meeting of the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory panel is likely the last step before a US decision to begin shipping millions of doses of the shot, which has shown strong protection against the coronavirus.
The FDA panel functions like a science court that will pick apart the data and debate — in public and live-streamed — whether the shot is safe and effective enough to be cleared for emergency use. The non-government experts specialize in vaccine development, infectious diseases and medical statistics. The FDA is expected to follow the committee’s advice, although it is not required to do so.
The FDA’s decision comes as the coronavirus continues surging across much of the world, claiming more than 1.5 million lives, including more than 289,000 in the US.Hanging over the meeting is a warning from U.K. officials that people with a history of serious allergic reactions shouldn’t get the vaccine. Government officials there are investigating two reports of reactions that occurred when the country began mass vaccinations.
Moderna is conducting trials of its vaccine in teens, with results expected in the summer, as well as in younger children. Johnson & Johnson is also planning pediatric trials for its vaccine.
"The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)... has approved the registration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," it said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The vaccine will be used against coronavirus in the Sultanate.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said on Monday he was sending three of his teenage sons - aged 14, 15 and 16 - to the Ukraine front.
The authorities highlighted that the move is applicable to all pilgrims irrespective of their nationalities.
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