President Donald Trump posted a video message on Twitter Friday night, as he spoke to the American people while sitting at his desk in the Oval Office.
“I have really good news. Today our nation has achieved a medical miracle. We have delivered a safe and effective vaccine in just 9 months. This is one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. It will save millions of lives and send end the pandemic once and for all,” President Trump said.
He announced that the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has granted approval for the Pfizer vaccine.
A Fox News report provides additional details:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday formally granted emergency approval for Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate, officially paving the way for widespread distribution of the long-awaited vaccine that is recommended to go to health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities first.
The move comes just one day after an FDA advisory panel voted to endorse the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
Vaccinations are expected to begin as early next week, federal officials have said.
WATCH the president’s message in the video below:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020