With the country expected to receive about 23million doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine in its first shipment by December 15 , an U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official says about 20-million Americans could get the vaccine this year.
USFDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the agency will move quickly to review a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine and hopes it will make a decision this month.
Hahn declined to give a specific timeline of how long an approval of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine would take, saying only that the FDA would move “very quickly” after a vaccine advisory committee meets on Dec. 10.
Many federal officials are expecting a vaccine approval within days of that meeting, though one FDA official recently said an approval decision could take up to weeks.
If the authorization from the US Food and Drugs Administration sails through the USA is also expected to receive a shipment of about 18million Moderna vaccine doses by December 22, 2020.