What Does Full Approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mean?

On Aug. 23, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. Since last December, nearly 202 million Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, including the two-dose vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine. In recent months, the pace of vaccinations has slowed even as the delta variant is causing a new wave of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. But the FDA’s endorsement of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may convince more unvaccinated people to get their shot and clear the way for more employers to impose vaccine mandates. A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 31% of unvaccinated people would be more likely to get their shots if the vaccine gets full approval.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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