In Letter To Biden, Hogan Calls For Approval Of Vaccines For Children – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Now that the Maryland-based FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine, the Department of Health hopes the move will boost its vaccine business.

#BREAKING: Food and Drug Administration grants full approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. https://t.co/Ig2TNUScIL

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— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) August 23, 2021

“This is a clear indication that the FDA has concluded that this is a safe and effective vaccine,” said Dr. Clifford Mitchell of the Maryland Department of Health. “But even without that approval, it’s important for people to understand that millions of doses … of those vaccines have been given and they’ve all been safe and effective.”

My statement about the FDA authorizing full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: pic.twitter.com/LdtNapEIYM

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) August 23, 2021

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan called on the federal government to take action.

“The lack of full approval remains the main hurdle to reaching those who are still hesitant,” Hogan said at a coronavirus briefing on Wednesday.

The governor also called for full FDA approval of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. He wants boosters to be made immediately available to seniors and other vulnerable populations, and he wants accelerated approval of vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. They can’t get the vaccine now.

He has written to President Biden about his concerns.

Today I sent President Biden a letter outlining several critical actions the federal government must take to fight the COVID-19 virus and save lives.

Read the letter: https://t.co/mIUXDAK5Tz

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) August 23, 2021

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But the FDA isn’t ready to act on those requests yet.

“The FDA will have to review the data, and it’s not part of this” [Pfizer] approval. We need to look at both safety and efficacy data,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting FDA Administrator.

Pfizer’s FDA approval on Monday could lead to more vaccine mandates from both private employers and the government. The state has now given nursing home and hospital workers less than a week to get their first vaccine doses or get tested regularly.

Maryland Mands Vaccines for Hospital and Nursing Home Staff; Governor Hogan pushes FDA to approve vaccines for younger children https://t.co/BtzavQj8mm @wjz #coronavirus #COVID #Maryland #VaccineMandate

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) August 18, 2021

“These are all areas where we’re reaching out and communicating with those providers and those institutions and trying to encourage vaccinations and see how that goes,” said Dr. mitchell.

Maryland reported more than 900 new coronavirus cases on Monday, but the positivity rate fell back below 5%.

Maryland Adds 925 #COVID19 Cases Monday; positivity rate falls back below 5%; 51 new hospitalizations and 5 more deaths #coronavirus @wjz pic.twitter.com/mP3Hs3o3Ly

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) August 23, 2021

Governor Hogan, a cancer survivor, told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that he has already received his third vaccine dose, as allowed under FDA regulations.

Maryland @GovLarryHogan, a cancer survivor, says he got his booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine this week, taking into account the advice of epidemiologists and his oncologist: “I got it Monday and I feel great .” pic.twitter.com/Whr4Dk6OX2

— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 22, 2021

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