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Are Covid-19 vaccines safe for teens? Is the U.S. taking too long to authorize one? And how do you prepare for an FDA grilling?

We discuss all that and more on this week’s episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. In light of a historic vote in favor of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, we’re devoting this entire episode to the underlying data, the opinions of FDA advisers, and the plans for distributing it around the country. First, STAT’s Matthew Herper joins us to break down Thursday’s FDA advisory committee meeting and what it means for the future of Pfizer’s vaccine. Then, Scripps Research cardiologist and avid Covid-19 commentator Eric Topol joins us to offer his take on the proceedings. Finally, Bill Gruber, Pfizer’s senior vice president of vaccine clinical research, calls in to answer our questions about what comes next.

For more on what we cover, here’s the news from Thursday, and here’s our complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.


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  • I believe we should be more frightened of what the Vaccine contains. The biologics, and the aluminum which can cross the Brain Barrier and heat up the brain which = brain damage. Why is the Government pushing so HARD ? When we have SAFE, AND EFFECTIVE MEDICATION THAT WORKS? And this Medication has been around for YEARS? And can treat Covid-19. And now there is another Medication available at this time that can KEEP YOU FROM GETTING COVID. Why Pfizer and BioNTech not Publish All the ingredients within their Covid-19 Vaccine? They know we wouldn’t feel safe taking Anything that contained the list they would reveal to the Public. Please THINK for Yourself ! Use your brain, and keep your Brain.

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