FDA Gives Pfizer Vaccine Full Approval

The FDA announced Monday it has given full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older, making it the first to move beyond “emergency use” status in the United States.

From the New York Times:

The decision will set off a cascade of vaccine requirements by hospitals, colleges, corporations and other organizations. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III will be sending guidelines to the country’s 1.4 million active duty service members mandating that they be vaccinated, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

United Airlines recently announced that its employees will be required to show proof of vaccination within five weeks of regulatory approval.

Oregon has adopted a similar requirement for all state workers, as have a host of universities in states from Louisiana to Minnesota.

Pfizer presented data from clinical trials across five countries (including the U.S.) that included over 44,000 participants.

A recent poll showed 3 out of 10 of unvaccinated people said they would be more likely to get their shot if the vaccine was fully approved.

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