The Food and Drug Administration has given full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19, according to multiple reports.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization back in December, which allowed for it to be distributed among the American people. Full approval is now a significant step forward in the vaccine’s reach, according to experts.
What happens after the FDA approves the vaccines?
Health officials believe the FDA’s decision to fully approve the COVID-19 vaccine will lead many people to get vaccinated, as there is a significant group of people who are holding out for full approval before they get their shots.
- Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said: “For businesses and universities that have been thinking about putting vaccine requirements in place in order to create safer spaces for people to work and learn, I think that this move from the FDA ... will actually help them to move forward with those kinds of plans.”
That said, health officials anticipate many policy changes, including more mandates, for the American people, according to USA Today.
- For example, colleges — like the University of Memphis — have been holding off on vaccine requirements for students until the FDA approves the vaccines, according to to The New York Times.
- Similarly, the Pentagon said it would require 1.3 million active-duty troops to get the vaccine by the middle of September (unless the FDA approves it first).
- “Some states and municipalities could follow the lead of New York City, which beginning next month will require at least one vaccine dose for those seeking to enter indoor restaurants, gyms or cultural events,” according to The New York Times.