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UK approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine too quickly: EU politicians - Business Insider

  • The EU criticized the UK's rapid approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, after Britain became the first Western country to authorize a COVID-19 shot.
  • The move to grant emergency authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been seen by many as a political coup for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has led his country out of the EU and faced criticism for his handling of the pandemic.
  • The decision was made under an ultra-fast, emergency approval process, which allowed the British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to bypass EU regulations and temporarily authorize the vaccine soon after it began examining data from large-scale trials.
  • In an unusually blunt statement, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is in charge of approving COVID-19 vaccines for the EU, said its longer approval procedure was more appropriate as it was based on more evidence and required more checks than the emergency procedure chosen by Britain.

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