The FDA Brings Exciting News as the Pfizer Vaccine Becomes Fully Approved

By: Yzora Lopez

A syringe is filled with a first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic during a back to school event offering school supplies, Covid-19 vaccinations, face masks, and other resources for children and their families at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

August 23rd set a great milestone for the country as Pfizer became the first of the few vaccines  against COVID-19, to be fully approved by the FDA. As of May 10th of 2021, the vaccine has widened for ages as young as 12 through 15. 

The Pfizer vaccine has been made available since Dec. 2020 opening to only certain age groups first under EUA. EUAs can be used by the FDA during public health emergencies to provide access to medical products that may be effective in preventing, diagnosing, and treating a disease.

FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D stated in an article by the FDA, “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,” 

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The vaccine has boosted the confidence in many to go out and receive it. This approval by the FDA has made people feel confident and sure of getting it to cooperate in the movement of getting even closer to normal. 

FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock said, “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.” 

According to the FDA, approved vaccines undergo the agency’s standard process for reviewing the quality, safety and effectiveness of medical products. 

The result of someone getting vaccinated has shown to be that their immune system will ultimately react defensively to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

According to an article published by Rolling Stone, Dr. Howard P. Forman, a professor of radiology and public health said, “It certainly makes it easier for employers, schools, etc. to mandate vaccines.”

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