Inslee announces Western states workgroup to ensure safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines

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In case you missed it: Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Washington is joining other western states to review the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines when approved by the FDA. This is an added layer of independent expert review that will help build confidence in the vaccine.

This panel of experts, begun by California Gov. Newsom last week, will expand with representatives from Washington, Oregon and Nevada. The group will include experts appointed by all member states, and nationally-recognized scientists with expertise in immunization and public health.

"The FDA has made public information about the data required for authorizing a vaccine. That, combined with two independent federal groups, and our own Western States review process, should give the public pretty high confidence on the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine," Inslee said. "When a safe vaccine is available, Washington state is going to be ready to distribute it in a way that is equitable, efficient, and most importantly, safe."

The workgroup representatives from Washington have not yet been named.

Read: Gov. Newsom press release on the workgroup.

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