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California to Review Any COVID Vaccine Approval

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California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 October 2020 04:22 PM

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has followed the lead of fellow Democrat Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York by announcing he would have his own medical panel review any vaccine to prevent COVID-19, claiming he does not trust federal officials' approval under President Donald Trump.

Newsom becomes the third high-profile Democrat to cast doubt on approvals issued by the Food and Drug Administration, joining Cuomo and nominee for vice president Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

"Of course, we don't take anyone's word for it," Newsom said Monday at a media briefing. "We will do our own independently reviewed process with our world-class experts that just happen to live here in the state of California."

Harris said during the vice-presidential debate Oct. 7 she would not take the vaccine if recommended by Trump, a statement Vice President Mike Pence called "unconscionable" because it undermined the confidence in the FDA approval process and potentially could cost lives.

Cuomo on Sept. 24 said his health officials will review any vaccine approvals before allowing it to be distributed in New York, also disparaging the federal government's approval process.

"Frankly, I'm not going to trust the federal government's opinion, and I wouldn't recommend to New Yorkers, based on the federal government's opinion," Cuomo said.

Four Phase 3 clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine are currently underway, according the National Institutes of Health, under Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's initiative which has the objective to develop and deliver 300 million doses of vaccine with the initial delivery by January.

The stance by Newsom, Cuomo, and Harris stands in contrast to a World Economic Forum-Ipsos poll in September that found 67% of Americans were interested in getting a vaccine if and when it became available.

California has the most diagnosed cases of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 (880,871 – more than 10% of the national total), while New York has the fourth-most cases (522,260), according to Worldometers.info.

New York has the most deaths from COVID-19-related causes, 33,502 – nearly double the next closest state, Texas (17,599). California has the third-most deaths, 17,001. Combined, New York and California account for more than one-fifth of all COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has followed the lead of fellow Democrat Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York by announcing he would have his own medical panel review any vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
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