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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine wins full U.S. approval

A pharmacy technician prepares a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Portland, Maine. Associated Press/Photo by Robert F. Bukaty (file)

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine wins full U.S. approval

Healthcare workers have administered more than 200 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus shot in the United States since December. On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted its strongest endorsement to the vaccine, making the United States the first country to give it full approval. The authorization covers the two-dose regimen for people age 16 or older. The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 135,000 on Friday.

What’s the trend in vaccinations? After the number of people getting shots hit a low in July, the vaccination rate is rising again. More than half of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, as well as more than 60 percent of those older than 18. Now that one of the COVID-19 vaccines has full authorization, more companies, schools, and local governments may start requiring it. New York City announced on Monday that all public school teachers and staff will have to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Dig deeper: Read Dr. Charles Horton’s Q&A on COVID-19 vaccines.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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the vaccine is not approved - if you read the BLA (biologic license application) it went from EUA to authorized. That is an extremely important distinction vs. "approved" . It is still in clinical trial


Most FDA approvals take in excess of 10 years. Emergency use authorization for Pfizer has been less than 1 year, and they cannot even tell us how many shots will be needed.

Tim MillerDMLAW8714

I think a certain President thought 10 years was excessive for a life-saving treatment and urged the FDA to be thorough and faster. Thank you, Donald Trump, for saving lives.


The 10-year time is because it normally takes that long to get enough brave volunteers to be test subjects. That was not the case for the Covid-19 vaccines.

My Two Cents

And, of course, those two million doses administered to Americans, is what has provided the data they need for full approval.

Tim MillerMy Two Cents

Yes. Thank God we have not just one, but three, excellent vaccines!