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US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

by Mary Sewell

WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday. This milestone could lift public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities, and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.

The Pentagon immediately announced it would press ahead with plans to require military members to get the vaccine.

The formula made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech now carries the strongest endorsement from the Food and Drug Administration, which has never before had so much evidence to judge a shot’s safety.

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Since December, more than 200 million Pfizer doses have been administered in the U.S. — and hundreds of millions more worldwide. But up to now, they were dispensed in this country under what is known as emergency use authorization from the FDA. “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,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in announcing full approval, which comes as the U.S.

Battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet, the delta variant. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement he hopes the decision “will help increase confidence in our vaccine, as vaccination remains the best tool we have to help protect lives.” The shot now will be known in the U.S. by the brand name Comirnaty. U.S. vaccinations bottomed out in July at an average of about a half-million photos per day, down from a peak of 3.4 million a day in mid-April. As the delta variant fills hospital beds, shots rise again, with a million a day given Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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