Second opinion: Select states to review COVID-19 vaccines

As the nation and the world wait for a vaccine for COVID-19, five states have said that they’ll take a second look at any vaccine that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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California, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Washington officials have said they are standing up review panels amid the political shadow recently cast over the FDA procedure that has been used to fight the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported.

The boards will help increase the trust that Americans have that whatever vaccines are greenlit are both safe and effective.

Only 58% of Americans polled said they’re willing to get a vaccine as soon as one is available.

The National Medical Association, which is a group of Black physicians founded in 1895, announced on Sept. 21 that it was forming a task force to review vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

New York followed with its own announcement Sept. 24.

Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee said “We believe in science, public health and safety. That’s why I am pleased that Washington is joining California and other western states in this effort,” The New York Times reported.

Not all agree with the duplication of approval.

Some said it could lead to confusion, USA Today reported.

Other states are also considering setting up a task force to review the coronavirus vaccine.

Tennessee’s Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey this week said the state could independently review the safety and efficacy of a vaccine, WTVC reported.

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