THE FDA has confirmed the Pfizer Covid vaccine is safe and offers strong protection as it prepares to green light the jab.

The Food and Drug Administration shared the updated analysis just hours after the first vaccine was administered in Britain.

The jab was labeled to have "highly effective protection against COVID-19."

"As such, FDA has determined that the Sponsor has provided adequate information to ensure the vaccine's quality and consistency for authorization of the product under the EUA," the agency wrote.

The FDA is expected to decide on whether to authorize Pfizer's vaccine within days.

However, an independent panel of experts still has to review it before it's given to the public. The meeting will take place on Thursday.

Alex Azar, a Health and Human Services Secretary, told ABC News that if Thursday's meeting goes well the FDA could announce it's authorization "within days".

An authorization of the vaccine would come in a pivotal moment in the pandemic, as public health experts have warned that the US will likely face its worst health crisis in history this winter.

On Monday, Dr Anthony Fauci warned that Christmas celebrations in the US could be an even bigger spreader of coronavirus than Thanksgiving, which saw a surge in infections.

"My concerns are the same thing of the concerns that I had about Thanksgiving, only this maybe even more compound because it's a longer holiday," Fauci told CNN.

The disease expert sounded the alarm as Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the country.

"For Thanksgiving, it was just the end of the week and you go back to work next week.

"With Christmas, it starts several days before, it goes through Christmas, the week after Christmas into New Years and into the New Years holiday,' Fauci added.

"I think it could be even more of a challenge than what we saw with Thanksgiving.

"So I hope that people realize that and understand that as difficult as this is, nobody wants to modify or if not essentially shut down their holiday season."

Fauci left with a stern warning to Americans as they enter the holiday season.

"We’re at a very critical time in this country right now. We’ve got to not walk away from the facts and the data. This is tough going for all of us," he said.

Covid cases have continued to surge across the US following the Thanksgiving holiday.

The daily Covid-19 cases are nearing 200,000, as over 282,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus.

In the US alone, over 14.6million cases have been reported, and on Sunday, the country surpassed over 100,000 daily hospitalizations for the fifth day in a row.

As the Covid-19 vaccine nears its distribution into the United States, health officials have warned Americans to continue social distancing and avoid activities that can spread the virus.

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