COVID-19 · U.S.

FDA panel OKs Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

An FDA advisory committee voted in favor of granting Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine emergency use authorization. The vote will now go before FDA officials for final review. 

The nod of approval comes after the regulatory agency had published documents earlier this week indicating that the vaccine had met EUA requirements. 

States across the nation have been seeing record-setting spikes with the country reporting more than 3,000 new coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, a single-day record. 

California is set to receive 327,000 doses of the Pfizer-developed vaccine in an initial batch. Of that statewide share, Fresno County is set to receive 7,800 doses, public health officials announced.

New cases per day have also increased to more than 200,000 on average. The number of patients hospitalized with the virus was nearly 105,000 on Tuesday, which was another all-time high. 

Health experts are urging the public to step up precautions as the U.S. ahead of a likely winter surge and until people are vaccinated.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.