FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

By ELIZABETH MOLLOY

A recreation of an individual receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine. (ETHIC NEWS PHOTO)

The FDA approved the Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23. Although the vaccine was approved for emergency use, it was not approved as 100% safe until Monday.

“The public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality,” says Jane Woodcock, Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

The first COVID-19 case reported in the U.S. was on Jan. 21, 2020 in Washington state, the vaccine was approved for emergency use on Dec. 11, 2020.

“COVID-19 can cause lung complications such as pneumonia…acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)…Sepsis, another COVID-19 complication, can also cause lasting harm to the lung,” according to a statement on the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.  For individuals with pre-existing lung conditions; asthma, lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, developing COVID-19 can be even more severe.

One complication for asthmatics is having an asthma attack as a result of developing COVID-19. Even regular occurring asthma attacks can be extremely dangerous so when  comes into play that danger is greatly heightened.  The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 90% effective at preventing hospitalizations from COVID-19, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study,

Between Mar 24, 2021and May 19, 2021 was a massive surge in the amount of people getting vaccinated in the US. On Mar 24, 2021 only 13.5% of the population was fully vaccinated, whereas on May 19, 202139.3% of the population was fully vaccinated. That is a 25.8% difference made only in two months.

KTLA announced on Aug 18. that in California starting on Sept. 20 proof of full vaccination or a negative  test will be required to attend indoor gatherings with 1000+ individuals attending. However, there is no specification on whether or not the test needs to be a regular  test or a rapid  test. Rapid  tests can provide results in up to 20 minutes but they are known for giving false negative results if the test is given early on in the development of COVID-19.

For more information, visit fda.gov, 19.ca.gov, and cdc.gov.

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://ethic-news.org/2021/09/22/la-fda-aprueba-la-vacuna-pfizer-covid-19/

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