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Oregon joins California push to independently review safety of potential COVID-19 vaccine

Oregon, Washington, and Nevada have now joined California's 'COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup,' which will test the safety of a vaccine once distribution begins.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 11:07 AM
Updated: Oct 27, 2020 11:09 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will join a group of states, led by California, in reviewing the safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine once approved by the federal government for distribution, Governor Kate Brown's office announced on Tuesday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the "COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup" last week, and the governors of Oregon, Washington, and Nevada have since signed onto the initiative. Newsom indicated that the workgroup would consist of a panel of scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, tasked with independently reviewing the vaccine.

“California has led with science and data through the COVID pandemic and when a vaccine becomes available, we will leverage our scientific expertise to verify its safety to give everyone the confidence they need to make important decisions regarding the health of their families,” said Governor Newsom. “This virus transcends our borders and we are grateful to partner with our neighboring states though our Scientific Safety Review Workgroup for a healthy and safe path forward for all our communities.”

Brown said that she and the other governors will help to identify public health experts to join the workgroup. These scientists will examine any vaccine approved by the FDA "before California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada will make the vaccine available to the public."

“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,” said Governor Brown. “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 group of governors last partnered in a "Western States Pact" announced in April, agreeing to coordinate on when and how to loosen lockdown restrictions after the U.S. shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 74119

Reported Deaths: 905
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Multnomah17242236
Washington10347101
Marion9207140
Clackamas616077
Umatilla434349
Lane430942
Jackson382531
Malheur240644
Deschutes236815
Yamhill172916
Linn142423
Polk125016
Douglas93018
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Jefferson83411
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Morrow6587
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Josephine5374
Wasco53019
Columbia5063
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Clatsop3600
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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1215455

Reported Deaths: 19151
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3958437639
San Bernardino930191129
Riverside868541437
San Diego81084997
Orange778191577
Kern41328448
Fresno38288481
Sacramento36905576
Santa Clara34292476
Alameda29476512
San Joaquin25742502
Contra Costa23895261
Stanislaus21714424
Tulare20701308
Ventura19510175
Imperial16019356
San Francisco15450160
Monterey15328121
San Mateo14148170
Sonoma12198157
Merced11688179
Santa Barbara11481135
Kings1109387
Solano1025281
Marin7755129
Placer649768
San Luis Obispo612936
Madera611985
Shasta488247
Yolo482776
Santa Cruz442628
Butte389459
Sutter333216
Napa303317
El Dorado24154
Yuba203610
San Benito188016
Lassen17733
Tehama167825
Mendocino145823
Nevada12729
Tuolumne9818
Glenn9258
Lake92019
Humboldt8509
Colusa7116
Siskiyou6242
Amador56316
Mono5483
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3281
Inyo29016
Plumas2150
Trinity1580
Mariposa1312
Modoc1310
Alpine500
Sierra190
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