The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency approval to the corona vaccine from the Mainz-based pharmaceutical company Biontech and its US partner Pfizer. The FDA announced on Friday evening (local time). The elected US President Donald Trump promised his compatriots the first vaccinations this weekend. “The first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours,” announced Trump in a video on Friday evening (local time) on Twitter.
His government has already started to send the vaccine from the Mainz-based pharmaceutical company Biontech and the US company Pfizer to all US states. Their governors would decide who the vaccinations would be given there first.
Trump stressed that vaccinations are free for all Americans. Regarding the development of the vaccine in record time, he said: “This is one of the greatest scientific achievements in history.” The vaccine will save millions of lives “and soon end the pandemic once and for all”. Trump presented the development as a success for his administration, which is not true. The president said: “The pandemic may have started in China, but we are ending it right here in America.”
Republican Trump lost the US election on November 3rd to Democrat Joe Biden. Experts also attribute this to Trump’s crisis management in the pandemic, which Americans give bad marks in surveys. Biden is to be sworn in on January 20th. The Democrat wants to start a 100-day plan to fight the coronavirus immediately afterwards.
The pandemic remains out of control in the US. On Wednesday, the number of deaths in a single day had exceeded 3,000 for the first time. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the number of new infections registered was more than 200,000 in the past few days.