Washington: The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given its go-ahead to using a vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech in persons aged 16 years and above from Monday onwards.
A statement from the director of CDC, Robert Redfield, read, “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. 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,”
The CDC’s approval comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its authorization for the emergency use of the vaccine produced by the US pharmaceutical giant and German biotech firm.
The first shipments of vaccines are expected to arrive at distribution centres across the United States on Monday, Gen. Gustave Perna, the logistical chief for the Operation Warp Speed vaccine initiative, said on Saturday.
US-based pharmaceutical firm Moderna has also applied for FDA emergency use approval for its candidate vaccine against the coronavirus disease.