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Syringes are seen in front of displayed Biontech and Pfizer logos in this illustration taken, on November 10, 2020. — Picture by REUTERS

US FDA panel recommends emergency authorisation of Pfizer covid-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 — An advisory group of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met on Thursday and recommended the agency issue emergency use authorisation (EUA) to the Covid-19 vaccine of American drugmaker Pfizer in partnership with German company BioNTech, Xinhua news agency reported.

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, made up of independent scientific and public health experts from around the country, met to discuss the first EUA request for the vaccine candidate, submitted by Pfizer and BioNTech.

If the vaccine is authorised by the FDA, the first shots could be distributed in the country within days, according to media reports. Health care workers and nursing home residents would be among the first in line, it added.

— Bernama

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