Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine has been fully approved by the FDA as of Monday.
The FDA has officially approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. While all three COVID vaccines have met FDA's strict standards for emergency use, this FDA approval should give added confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective.
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— President Biden (@POTUS) August 23, 2021
It’s the first COVID vaccine to be fully approved by regulators, and is an upgrade from the emergency use authorization.
Pfizer developed the shots in partnership with BioNTech, a German biotech company.
The Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, hailed the vaccine’s approval as a “milestone.”
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been given to millions of Americans under emergency use authorization since last December.
Individuals 12 and older are eligible to get the vaccine.
The FDA says the Pfizer vaccine will be marketed as “Comirnaty” for those who are 16 and older.
The emergency use authorization for the shots still applies when it’s given to kids between 12 and 15.
The same goes for immunocompromised individuals who get a third dose of the vaccine.