FDA chief Hahn says mid-December vaccine approval just ‘possible’: ABC News


(Reuters) – U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on Tuesday it was “possible” the agency could approve Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December if everything falls into place, but that it may take longer.

FILE PHOTO: FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn testifies before a U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at a hearing to examine COVID-19, focusing on an update on the federal response at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 23, 2020. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

When asked in an ABC News interview whether a vaccine could be available days or weeks after a planned Dec. 10 meeting in which FDA expert advisers will recommend for or against approval, Hahn said, “it’s hard to predict and I want to set the appropriate expectations.”

The FDA often follows the recommendations of these advisory panels.

Hahn added: “We should be relatively quick afterward

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QUINN ON NUTRITION: More ABC foods from readers | Get Healthy




QUINN ON NUTRITION: More ABC foods from readers

Fish is also one of few natural foods that contain vitamin D, a hormone-like vitamin with far-reaching health benefits.




My recent series on the ABCs of good foods generated some interesting responses. Here are a couple from readers in New Jersey:

“Hi, Barbara! Great article on A to Z health foods. … Question: No mention of fish? As a nutritionist, looking for your take on fish. I eat it four to five times a week in some form. Sorry to ask for free advice. Keep up the great writing.” — Kevin M.

Dear Kevin: My take is that there is more than one good food that starts with the letter F. I mentioned fruit in my column, but fish should definitely be on the list, as well. Fish and other seafood are rich in top-quality protein and low in saturated fat. And fish —

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