The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Friday.
With the decision, the US becomes the sixth country after Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico – to clear the vaccine for emergency usage.
The outgoing US President Donald Trump said the US would start administering the vaccine “in less than 24 hours”.
In a video statement, POTUS said: “Our nation has achieved a medical miracle. We have delivered a safe and effective vaccine in just nine months.”
He added that the doses of vaccines had already started to be shipped and that he expected the first person to be vaccinated within 24 hours — though his health secretary Alex Azar earlier said it was likely to happen on Monday.