First COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Emergency Use, Distribution to Begin
U.S. SENATE – Today, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. The vaccine, made by Pfizer, will be distributed immediately. Daines has been instrumental in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, securing the initial $10 billion for Operation Warp Speed. Daines is also participating in Pfizer's vaccine trial as a way to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take it.
For a video statement from Daines, click HERE.
“To be where we are today is truly remarkable. Thanks to American innovation, the first COVID-19 vaccine is approved for emergency use and ready for distribution. This will help save lives, support our healthcare heroes, protect jobs and rebuild our economy,” Daines said. “I'm glad to have led the fight in the Senate to prioritize a COVID-19 vaccine, and will continue working to ensure all Montana communities get access. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel.”
Daines does not believe in mandating the vaccine, however, he encourages individuals to take it once available in consultation with their doctor.
Montana is expected to receive 9,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this month.
A second COVID-19 vaccine, made by Moderna, is awaiting approval by the FDA. On December 17, 2020, the FDA will be meeting to discuss emergency use authorization of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Daines was instrumental in securing funding for the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics under Operation Warp Speed (OWS) - with top researchers, scientists and administration officials touting the Senator's work.
Earlier this week, Daines was asked to join the COVID-19 Vaccine Summit at the White House because of his work on COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutic drugs under OWS.
Daines and his wife are participating in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial, where they're leading by example for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should get the vaccine.
In November, Daines called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure Montanans across the state, including those in rural communities, get access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible.
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