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FDA chief says he hopes first COVID-19 vaccine will be administered tomorrow

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FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said that he hopes the first COVID-19 shot will be administered in the US on Monday — though it’s still waiting on the final sign-off from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“My hope again is that this happens very expeditiously, hopefully tomorrow,” Hahn told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday.

The Pfizer vaccine has already begun to be shipped out on trucks after the FDA approved the inoculation on Friday.

But it still needs the CDC Director Robert Redfield to sign off on the recommendations from an independent panel, which is known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, before it can be injected into the arms of Americans.

When asked what the holdup was with the CDC, Hahn said that he “doesn’t know the answer to that question.”

“I do know I’ve had a lot of conversations with Redfield and he is certainly on top of this and has a lot of confidence in the process,” Hahn said.

“I am sure we will be hearing very soon about this,” he added.

Hahn, however, defended the speed at which the FDA reviewed the vaccine after President Trump claimed it could’ve got the greenlight a “week sooner.” 

“We do not feel this could have been a week earlier,” Hahn told ABC anchor Martha Raddatz Sunday on “This Week.”

“We went through our process. We promised the American people that we would do a thorough review of the application and that’s what we did.”

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