The United States Government reported on Friday night that it has authorized the use of the vaccine for COVID-19 prevention in 16-year-olds of age or older.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement that the emergency authorization from the firm Pfizer-BioNTech will allow distribution of the vaccine in the country.
A few hours before the announcement, the White House had sued the head of the FDA to authorize the vaccine or to resign.
Today, FDA issued the first emergency use authorization (USA) for a vaccine for the prevention of # COVID19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the vaccine to be distributed in the US https://t.co/1Vu0xQqmCB pic.twitter.com/c8maeePP9O
– US FDA (@US_FDA) December 12, 2020
FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in the agency statement that authorization is “A significant step in fighting this devastating pandemic that has affected so many families in the United States and around the world”.
He added: “Today’s action follows an open and transparent process that included opinions from independent scientists and public health experts and a full evaluation by the agency’s experts to ensure that the vaccine meets the rigorous scientific FDA standards for safety, effectiveness and quality of its manufacture “.
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