by Penka Arsova
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday that it’s “bad news” that a potential coronavirus vaccine might be approved and distributed under the Trump administration.
How we got here: Earlier in the day, Pfizer unveiled that an interim analysis showed their vaccine was 90% effective at preventing a coronavirus infection. The company’s product, which they developed alongside the German company BioNTech, is in phase 3 trials and will likely have enough data at the end of November to submit a request for emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
Health experts praised the results, though pointing out that many questions remain unanswered about the vaccine. It’s worth noting the FDA says a manufacturer must show the vaccine has at least 50% effectiveness and that Pfizer’s vaccine is the first, out of several other companies in phase 3 trial, to surpass the threshold.