Why was approval of covid vaccine delayed?

According to the Associated Press article I read in The Herald recently, a U.S. government advisory panel endorsed use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for covid-19. They did this on Dec 10. This is three days after Britain began giving the shots to its citizens, same vaccine, made by the same company.

The final FDA signoff came on Dec. 11.

OK, so we just passed the 3,000 deaths per day mark on Wednesday and will most likely continue at or above that rate in this country. We will likely lose 10,000 to 15,000 more fellow humans here before we start getting shots. No, this will not give us an immediate cure, but why wait?

We needed an aggressive lockdown to block the spread of this disease. We needed strong enforcement of individuals and businesses ignoring public health orders. We needed financial help for those affected. On all fronts we only received token actions, I believe because our leaders want profits to come first. They only take action when the medical system becomes so overwhelmed that it threatens those profits.

And now that they are going to be guaranteed massive profits from creating and distributing a vaccine, there is no hurry. After all, the longer it takes, the more people will be lining up for shots.

Terry Sullivan

Everett

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