FDA to grant emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will get the green light for use in the US by the Food and Drug Administration — and vaccinations could begin as early as Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Friday morning.

“I’ve got some good news for you,” Azar said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Just a little bit ago, the FDA informed Pfizer that they do intend to proceed toward an authorization for their vaccine.”

The vaccine, developed by Pfizer and Germany company BioNTech, will be the first vaccine against the coronavirus in the US.

It was approved for use last week in the UK, with vaccinations rolled out to British citizens immediately after.

The US news comes a day after an FDA advisory board voted to approve the drug for emergency authorization use following an all-day hearing from health experts.

“So in the next couple of days probably as we work to negotiate with Pfizer the information doctors need to prescribe it appropriately, we should be seeing the authorization of this first vaccine,” Azar continued.

“We could be seeing people getting vaccinated Monday, Tuesday of next week.”

A vial of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a health clinic in Cardiff, Wales, yesterday.
A vial of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a health clinic in Cardiff, Wales, yesterday.
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