Tennessee mulling independent review on COVID-19 vaccine

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey says Tennessee is considering independently reviewing the safety and efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine once it is eventually approved by the federal government before distributing it to the public.

Piercey told reporters on Wednesday that she didn’t have a “clear answer” when asked if an independent review could cause more alarm over the vaccine’s safety.

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Earlier this year, Gov. Bill Lee declined to say whether he would be vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available.

Instead, he said he’d determine if it’s “safe and effective and talk to my doctor.”