The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved the Pfizer vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
In a statement, acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said “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. 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.”
Hours later, the Pentagon officially announced that they would move forward with their plan to require vaccinations for our troops, based on the FDA approval of the Pzifer vaccine.