SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — With COVID-19 cases surging, an extended evening curfew and California counties now mostly all in the purple tier, there is pandemic fatigue but also hope. While Californians continue to socially distance, wear masks and practice good hand-washing hygiene, the focus is shifting to promising reports of progress toward approval of an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine. “If it happens on Thanksgiving Day, it happens on Thanksgiving Day but we’ll be ready to go,” remarked Stanford University professor Dr. Yvonne Maldonado. Early Friday, Pfizer applied for emergency approval for its COVID-19 vaccine. A large team of medical officers and compliance experts are now poring over piles of data, not yet made public, which detail the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. Soon, experts in California get to dig in. “Our committee is charged with reviewing the safety of the vaccine,” explained Dr. Maldonado, a world expert on vaccines who is on the ACIP committee which makes vaccine recommendations to the CDC. She is also on the team entrusted with advising California on any coronavirus vaccine. “After the CDC gets it … we will have an emergency meeting. At the same time or within hours … we will have that information available… Read full this story
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