Aug 20, 2021 - Health

FDA expected to grant full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine next week

Picture of a vial of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine
Vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to grant full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine early next week, sources told Axios on Friday.

Why it matters: It would be the first COVID-19 shot to receive full authorization from the federal government.

The big picture: The U.S. is currently battling a resurgence of the virus, driven by the more contagious Delta variant. The Biden administration said earlier this week that fully vaccinated Americans should expect to be offered a booster shot eight months after getting their second shot starting in September.

  • "Approving the vaccine and encouraging boosters at the same time may suggest to some that the vaccine as licensed is inadequate without an extra shot," the New York Times writes.

By the numbers: 51.2% of the entire American population has been fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • The United States has reported more than 37 million confirmed virus cases and over 624,000 deaths, per the CDC.
Go deeper