ICYMI: Biden announces first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine
As several vaccines are approved under emergency use authorizations, the first official FDA approval marks another key step in fending off this pandemic
AUSTIN, Texas – President Biden announced on Monday that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has received full authorization for use by people 16 years of age and older. This means that Pfizer-BioNTech is the first of the vaccines to go through the rigorous scientific process to receive standard FDA approval.
The three current vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen – were approved earlier this year through the FDA’s emergency use clearance for people 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine has also been approved under an emergency use authorization for children aged 12 to 15 years.
While all vaccines meet rigorous standards to ensure public safety, the announcement of full FDA approval is great news for many Americans who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa made the following statement:
“President Biden has made tackling the COVID-19 pandemic his number one priority – and to make it happen, he led our country through the most successful and aggressive vaccination campaign in history. Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, we have a free and convenient solution for everyone in America.
“In the United States, 362 million doses have already been administered. Sadly, Greg Abbott hasn’t done enough to tackle this pandemic in Texas, a state with less than half of its population vaccinated and where COVID is on the rise due to the much more transmissible Delta variant infecting unvaccinated people. .
“It is now an unvaccinated pandemic. We hope this good news will further encourage all Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. “