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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Representing the 12th District of California

Dec 11, 2020

Press Release

Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,


Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after the FDA’s first emergency use authorization for a coronavirus vaccine in the United States:

“Today’s Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer vaccine is a tribute to the tireless efforts of scientists and doctors who have worked around the clock to ensure that we have a vaccine that is effective and safe.  Americans should have full confidence in this vaccine knowing that it has been reviewed and recommended by the independent experts of the FDA’s advisory panel.

“Now, with tonight’s FDA authorization, we must ensure that the vaccine will be free and distributed in a fair and equitable manner to as many Americans as possible as soon as possible.  We must accelerate its manufacture, including by invoking the Defense Production Act.  With vaccine distribution being administered by the states, state and local funding is also central to our efforts to crush the coronavirus.

“Until the vaccine is widely available, it is essential that we continue to embrace the testing, tracing, treatment, mask wearing and social distancing that are essential to preventing thousands of Americans from dying every day from the pandemic.”

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