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Tennessee ponders conducting its own review of new COVID-19 vaccines

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said on Wednesday that Tennessee is considering independently reviewing the safety and efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine.

Dr. Piercy said such a review would take place after a vaccine is approved by the federal government, but before it’s distributed to the public.

When asked by reporters if an independent review could cause more alarm over the vaccine’s safety, Piercey said she didn’t have a “clear answer” to that question.

Gov. Bill Lee has so far declined to say whether he’ll be vaccinated against COVID-19. Lee says he’ll discuss the matter with his personal physician before making a decision.

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