FDA’s Pfizer Vaccine Approval Fuels Mandates

After 200 million+ doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine have been injected into American arms, the FDA gave its full approval to the vaccine yesterday.
The decision triggered a wave of mandates and may reduce skepticism about the vaccine, raising vaccination rates, The Washington Post reports.

  • Speaking directly to those holding back on vaccination until the FDA approval, President Biden said, “The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. It’s time for you to go get your vaccination and get it today.”
  • Even as critics had been demanding the approval for weeks, yesterday’s FDA’s decision marked the fastest vaccine approval in the agency’s history: coming in under 4 months after Pfizer sought approval on May 7.
  • Soon after the FDA announcement, the US Department of Defense, New York City Schools, and Chevron imposed vaccine mandates, Axios reports.
  • Roughly 12% of employers expect to roll out some form of vaccine mandates, according to a survey by San Francisco-based law firm Littler.
  • The approval was for those 16 and older, though 12- to 15-year-olds can get the 2-shot regiment under existing in emergency youth authorization.

New name: The vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty, which the FDA helpfully spelled out phonetically: koe-mir’-na-tee.

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