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Senate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom not to 'second guess' FDA on vaccine efficacy

Added 10-24-20 04:57:02pm EST - “Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health Committee, on Saturday issued a call for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and California Gov.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Senate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom not to 'second guess' FDA on vaccine efficacy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base McConnell aims for unity amid growing divisions with Trump Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health Committee, on Saturday issued a call for New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan State officials plead for more info on vaccine distribution plans Overnight Health Care: NIH chief: Trump has not met with task force in 'quite some time' | CDC reports 300,000 more deaths than expected this year | UK to start challenge trials for vaccine MORE (D) and California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomJudge dismisses lawsuit of alleged Michael Jackson abuse victim OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA eases permitting for modifications to polluting facilities | Rocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire | Trump order strips workplace protections from civil servants Rocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire MORE (D) to “stop second guessing” analysis by scientists on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines after the governors announced the creation of their own independent review boards. 

“The career scientists at the FDA set strict standards for safety and efficacy for COVID-19 vaccines,” Alexander said in a press release. “Every day Americans take the word of these scientists’ approval of safety and efficacy when we purchase 3.8 billion prescriptions each year.

“Undermining the FDA’s gold standard of safety and efficacy by setting up state vaccine review panels could delay approval, discourage Americans from taking the vaccine, and cost lives,” Alexander continued. 

The senator added in his statement that he hopes “these Democratic Governors would instead focus their time and resources on planning to distribute the vaccine, and improving testing and contact tracing with the resources Congress has provided, rather than second guessing the efforts of FDA scientists.”

The statement comes after Newsom announced in a press conference Monday that California is planning on reviewing federally-approved coronavirus vaccines independently before distributing it to residents. 

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