The State of California will independently review the safety of any coronavirus vaccine that receives the approval of the government US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before distributing it to the population, Governor Gavin Newsom warned on Monday.
“California is a leader in science and by bringing together the brightest scientific minds in our state, we can ensure that any vaccine distributed here complies with safety requirements,” the Democratic governor stressed at a press conference.
Newsom also announced the creation of a working team of health experts and scientists whose role will be to independently review FDA-approved vaccines.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has pressured the pharmaceutical companies and the health authorities to obtain and the rapid approval of a vaccine before the elections on November 3, which has raised suspicions regarding the safety of a potential immunizing agent.
The governor explained that after a vaccine is found and approved, your supply is likely to be “very limited”, and said he does not anticipate one with “mass availability” until 2021.
The uncertainties about when a widely available vaccine will be higher due to the ambiguity of the Trump administration, which has also mentioned November and December as dates, the head of state warned.
Newsom said that in California, with a population of about 40 million people, it is estimated that a maximum of between 1 and 2 million could be vaccinated in a first round of vaccination, and indicated that this figure corresponds only to people enrolled in the state’s health care delivery system.
For her part, Erica Pan, the state public health officer, said in a statement that “while a small number of doses of a vaccine approved by the FDA could be implemented before the end of the year, the reality is that the COVID pandemic -19 will be with us well into 2021. “
The official stressed that it is likely that widespread distribution of the vaccine does not occur for many months.
California is also working to take on the storage challenges of the potential vaccine, as some require storage at very low temperatures that require dry ice.
Newsom also highlighted the importance of the education campaign and community involvement to build confidence among Californians about the efficacy of the vaccine.
California has 870,791 confirmed cases of covid-19 as of this Monday, which has caused 16,970 deaths related to the disease.