Pfizer Got Full FDA Approval and Became First Covid Vaccine
Around 50% Of the US Population Are Unvaccinated as They Preferred to Wait for A Full FDA Approval
The dual dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been able to recently receive complete authentication and approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is the first vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic that has yet to receive full FDA approval to date. The Pfizer vaccine had initially only been authorized to be administered in emergency situations.
Rapid approval by FDA
The two dosages, which are to be injected three weeks apart, have now been approved completely to be injected for all individuals aged 16 and above. The FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine has come amid the lingering hesitancy for the administration of vaccines among many citizens of the United States.
During a public statement by the Food and Drug Administration, they said that the review conducted regarding the FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine had included information from around 44,000 individuals. The vaccine, which is currently being marketed with the name of Comirnaty, has been found to be about 91% effective in the prevention of acquiring COVID infection.
The current acting commissioner of FDA, Janet Woodcock, stated that the public rests assured that the Pfizer vaccine has been given full FDA approval as it has met all high safety demands, along with increased effectiveness and the quality standards of manufacturing.
Currently, the emergency authorization for the Pfizer vaccine is for children between the ages of 12 to 15 years in case they are diagnosed with a coronavirus infection. The vaccination process is being provided across the United States free of cost for all citizens throughout the country.
Before the complete FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine, it had been given temporary authorization for administration, which is a clearance that is given by the FDA which determines the beneficial effects of a product if it is able to outweigh any possible risk factors that are associated with the drug during a public health medical emergency situation.
It is essential for any drug that is being consumed by the general population to have complete FDA approval. The process to gain license requires pharmaceutical firms to provide the Food and Drug Administration with thorough information regarding where and how the product has been developed, along with all the other necessary data of clinical testing.
Mass vaccination in the US
The critics have been asked to speed the process of FDA approval as the entire nation is currently struggling with a reduction in the rates of vaccination earlier in the year 2021. The onset of the rapid transmission of the Delta variant of the coronavirus pandemic and has caused some of the regions which have suffered more than others an increase in the rate of vaccine administration in the past recent few weeks.
While the FDA has taken certain steps to further increase their resources and staff members amid the pandemic crisis, they had previously stated that it would take at least six months to gain all the required data for a complete approval of the Pfizer vaccine.
The finalized FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine came around less than four months after the appeal for the license was filed by Pfizer-BioNTech in the early days of May. This has become the fastest approval that has been given by the FDA in the history of the past 100 years.
The polling data which has been released for public in the last week of June by the Kaiser Family Foundation has revealed that approximately 30% of the general population of the United States which is unvaccinated, said that they are more likely to administer vaccines if any of the multiple vaccines that are currently available in the market are to be completely certified by the FDA.
The amount tends to rise to about 50% among the United States citizens that are currently taking to approach of wait and see regarding the vaccine administration.
Universities, the healthcare system, firms, along with other organizations currently operating in the United States, are now being expected to publicly announce the requirement for the vaccine as the entire nation is embarking on a return back to a normal routine.
The military of the United States has also made an announcement that the vaccine administration is to become a necessary requirement for all of the 1.3 million active troops reporting for duty upon the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine.
Up till now, it has been reported that more than 92 million of the population of the United States, which is approximately half of the total population of the country, have been administered the Pfizer vaccine.