After Pfizer announced readiness a week ago, Moderna is now ready as well.
Pfizer has an FDA meeting for an EUA on Dec 10, Moderna is not yet scheduled. But we know both the be over 94% effective in preventing COVID infections and Moderna’s is shown to be 100% effective in preventing a severe course of the disease. That is likely true of Pfizer’s as well, they just didn’t test that criteria.
So, with 30,000 or so a month dying, it is unethical to let people die waiting to cross every T and dot every I. Trump has gotten a lot of flack for overruling “experts” but that hardly matters now. He should call in the FDA leadership and tell them to have that meeting today based on what is known today.
If they decline, he should fire them en mass and promote the next echelon to their places and pose the same demand. Eventually, he will have fired enough dead wood to get things done.
We have enough on hand to vaccinate the vulnerable population by the end of the year. and nearly eliminate COVID as a cause of death by the new year.
If the FDA had been in charge of D-Day, and waited for perfect conditions, we’d be speaking German now. COVID has already killed more Americans than we lost in WW2.
The risk of waiting is greater than any conceivable risk of acting.