Full FDA approval for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine could come as soon as today

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.  Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

Full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is “imminent,” a senior federal official told CNN last week. Another official said the approval could come in the next two weeks or as early as today.

Once it happens, it could help allay concerns for those who are vaccine hesitant, as all three vaccines available in the US have so far been distributed under emergency use authorization.

The approval could also help businesses, schools and states enforce vaccine mandates, experts have said. Such mandates could help quell the ever-growing number of cases, especially in states that are experiencing a lack of available intensive care unit beds.


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