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There's great news today regarding vaccines for COVID-19.
According to an update on CNBC,
"CDC Director Robert Redfield has signed off on Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, allowing inoculations to officially move forward for people ages 16 or older.
The decision comes one day after the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an outside group of medical experts that advises the agency, voted 11 to 0 to recommend the vaccine. The FDA approved an emergency use of authorization on Friday.
The U.S. has begun to ship the doses from a Pfizer facility in Michigan to hundreds of distribution centers across the country.
Here is Redfield’s statement:
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. As COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout the U.S., CDC’s recommendation comes at a critical time. Initial COVID-19 vaccination is set to start as early as Monday, and this is the next step in our efforts to protect Americans, reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and help restore some normalcy to our lives and our country."
This is a great step in the right direction. However, it will take many more months for a meaningful impact to be seen, and we must continue to be as safe as possible, friends.
Click here to read the full update page on CNBC.