WASHINGTON – By the end of the summer, we could have a fully FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
The FDA is moving as fast as possible to approve Pfizer’s vaccine, and sources told the New York Times it could happen as soon as Labor Day.
However, time is of the essence. Less than half of the population is fully vaccinated and we’re averaging more than 85,000 new cases a day.
The hope is final approval will motivate more people to get vaccinated. It’s also expected to prompt more vaccine mandates and it could accelerate the approval process for vaccines for kids under 12.
“When you have an EUA for the vaccine that then goes to full approval, that might have an influence on what goes on,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, NIAID and Chief Medical Advisor to the President. “We’re collecting the data right now for what we need to make that determination.”
More children and teens are getting COVID, according to Fauci. Nearly 72,000 got it between July 22 and the 29, a substantial increase from 39,000 cases the week before.
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