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The Latest: The next big step in vaccine approval

Dear Reader,

The potential U.S. approval and rollout of a vaccine is getting closer. A medical expert advisory panel will review the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech tomorrow in order to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule on whether to approve the vaccine for emergency use. The FDA is expected to follow the committee’s advice. If the vaccine does get FDA emergency approval, people in the United States will begin to receive it very soon after.

READ: Why the FDA’s Pfizer Hearing This Week Is So Important

The meeting, which you can tune into tomorrow here, will look deeply at the company’s data and questions around distribution. There’s a high chance the advisory committee will vote in favor of granting emergency approval of the vaccine. The same vaccine has been approved in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Bahrain. People began receiving it in the U.K. on Tuesday.

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