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Washington, Oregon, Nevada join California plan to review COVID-19 vaccine

Washington, Oregon, Nevada join California plan to review COVID-19 vaccine
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Three Western states announced Tuesday that they would join California's workgroup set to independently review any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A press release from California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia to spend 6M on wildfire prevention Former Trump campaign manager advising Jenner on potential California gubernatorial run Overnight Health Care: Biden says US still in 'life and death race' with virus | White House rules out involvement in 'vaccine passports' | Arkansas lawmakers override Hutchinson veto on transgender bill MORE's (D) office indicated that Washington, Oregon and Nevada would join the working group and identify experts in public health who could assist in the effort to verify the efficacy and safety of a vaccine approved under the Trump administration.

“We believe in science, public health and safety. That is why I am pleased that Washington is joining California and other western states in this effort,” said Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee signs bill restoring voting rights to parolees in Washington state Biden clean electricity standard faces high hurdles On The Trail: How marijuana went mainstream MORE (D). “Any COVID vaccine must be guided by the expertise of scientists and medical professionals and that’s just what this workgroup will do. The Western States Pact will continue working together to ensure the best health outcomes for everyone in our states.”

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“The vaccines currently in development, once approved, are what Americans have been waiting for to protect their families, their children, and their loved ones in long-term care facilities,” added Oregon Gov. Kate BrownKate BrownTrue democracy stands on the heels of vote by mail expansion Democratic governors urge Biden to remove SALT cap Oregon governor issues executive order to reopen schools MORE (D). “The independent review conducted by this panel of doctors, scientists, and health experts will ensure that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone, especially communities that have been disproportionately impacted by this disease.”

The growing list of Democratic-led states joining California's effort comes as some Democrats have pointed to statements from President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE and other top Trump administration officials as reason why the public mght not trust the federal government's approval process for a COVID-19 vaccine. The president has frequently contradicted his own top health experts amid the pandemic, and promoted unconventional and unverified treatments for the disease on his social media and in other settings.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris MORE (Calif.), the Democratic vice presidential nominee, has said that Trump's statements on a forthcoming vaccine cannot be trusted, and sparred with Vice President Pence over the issue during October's vice presidential debate.

"If Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I'll be the first in line to take it," Harris told moderator Susan Page during the debate. "If Donald Trump tells us to take it, I'm not taking it."

"Stop playing politics with people's lives," Pence responded. "Your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is unacceptable."