The House has approved a controversial new coronaviruses vaccine that critics say could be unsafe for some, and critics say has the potential to push a major pandemic.
The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would allow companies to use the drugs to protect people who are sick with the virus.
It is the first time the House has voted to allow such a product in the U.S. for use in the United States.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Tuesday that the bill would allow manufacturers to get the vaccine before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deems it safe and effective.
“This bill allows the FDA to make this vaccine available for use by those who have a severe and persistent health concern,” Goodlatt said.
“The legislation also ensures that people with severe and chronic illnesses will have the right to make their own vaccine choices, while at the same time allowing the FDA the flexibility to approve and use vaccines to protect the public.”
The measure is opposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association, which say the FDA could limit the efficacy of the vaccine if it were to require companies to be more specific about the dose of the medicine that is used.
The CDC is recommending that the vaccine be given to children and adults who have been vaccinated with a flu shot.
The measure also directs the FDA, the U