California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday an independent panel of experts will be reviewing the safety of new coronavirus vaccines and initial plans for distribution.
Reuters said California has formed an 11-person panel of experts who specialize in topics such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and infectious disease. This body will review any vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration before it is distributed to state residents.
Gov. Newsom revealed in a news conference, “These are top health experts that will independently review any FDA-approved vaccines,” he said. “We will do our own independently reviewed process with our world-class experts that just happen to live here in the state of California.”
The FDA has vowed to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines before approving them. However, not everyone appears to be convinced.
Earlier, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a similar move last month.
Gov. Newsom added that the California panel will review the vaccine’s safety regardless of who wins the presidential election.