FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2020 file photo, Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP, File)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:39 AM PT – Thursday, December 10, 2020

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said he will not pre-judge what an advisory panel may say during Thursday’s meeting regarding emergency approval of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a recent interview, Dr. Hahn said the plan is to take the panel’s recommendation into account before the FDA makes its own decision. He noted the panel’s meeting is more than a formality, stating it’s important to maintain the transparency around the decision process.

The FDA commissioner added, it’s important that people carefully weigh whether or not to get the shot. He pointed out that enough Americans need vaccinations to achieve herd immunity.

“We need to get to herd immunity and that requires a substantial percentage of Americans to be vaccinated,” Dr. Hahn explained. “So that’s why we’ve been transparent, it’s why we want this public discussion of the data, it’s why we’ve been very careful about the review of the data and we’ll make a very careful decision.”

The advisory meeting is scheduled to run until 6 p.m. EST with the vote likely to happen at the end of the meeting. The FDA would then decide if it will approve the vaccine for emergency use, which could come as early as Friday.

Public Affairs

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified first!

You May Also Like

Newsom Recall Shows States Can Do More to Protect Constitutional Rights: Dr. Cordie Williams

It’s a ‘shot across the bow’ of politicians who would restrict civic…

What’s in the Georgia Election Bill?

Republicans in Georgia enacted a set of election reforms last month that…

Grassroots Rebellion Grows With New Calls to Ban Critical Race Theory from Military, Public Schools

Kevin O’Leary said he was “devastated” when he learned his former football…

Texas State Senate Passes Election Integrity Bill Targeting Mail-in Ballots

The Republican-led Texas state Senate passed a bill early on Thursday that…