SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Several Western states are joining California's effort to independently review COVID-19 vaccines that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before making them available statewide.
Governor Newsom saying that Washington, Oregon, and Nevada have joined California's Scientific Safety Review Workgroup during his briefing on Tuesday.
"We are adding a new group today, 16 members of this new group, it's called Drafting Guidelines Workgroup. This is focused on the ethics of distribution, who should be prioritized? How do we allocate the supplies? How do we not only do so safely, the Scientific Review Committee, but do so with the sense of urgency and prioritization the most vulnerable related to concerns of the transmission of this disease."
Newsom also said he doesn't believe the review process will cause distribution delays in California.
The news of states teaming up with California comes as the Golden State has seen an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions.