Initially, the Vaccine had been approved for emergency use. Its two three-week-apart injections are now fully approved for anybody aged 16 and up. Employers and organizations around the country are anticipated to implement more Vaccine mandates due to the permission. It comes amid widespread Vaccine apprehension in the United States. The FDA said that data from around 44,000 persons were included in its review for approval.
The Vaccine, dubbed Comirnaty, was found to be 91 percent effective in preventing Covid illness. According to Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, the public may be “extremely confident” that the Vaccine fulfills high safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality standards. It is still approved for emergency use by youngsters aged 12 to 15. Following the announcement, the US military announced that all 1.3 million active-duty US troops would be required to get vaccinations.
As the country battled with declining immunization rates earlier this year, critics urged the FDA to expedite the approval process. The emergence of the contagious Delta variety has already increased vaccination rates in several hard-hit areas in recent weeks. While the agency has taken steps to enhance staff and resources, it had previously stated that getting the requisite data would take six months.