On Monday morning, the FDA announced their approval for the Pfizer-bioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
This is the first of three vaccines operating in the united states to have received full FDA approval. Upon approval, it was announced that the Pfizer vaccine will be called Comirnatry and is approved for US citizens who are older than 16 years old.
In a statement Janet Woodcock, FDA Commissioner said, “The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.”
She went on to say,“While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”
So far, the data indicates that 170,000,000 Americans are already vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. If you factor in the number of Americans who have received at least one shot, that number grows to201,000,000 people.