FDA authorizes Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The FDA approved the emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine starting as early as next Monday.

Updated: December 12, 2020 - 1:30pm

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    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and authorized it for emergency use in the United States. 

    It is the first vaccine to be approved for use in the U.S., and it followed an FDA advisory committee’s endorsement of the shot for people age 16 and older. The vaccine was found to be 95% effective, with only mild side effects. 

    Earlier Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar had said that people could be receiving the vaccine as early as next Monday. It was previously approved for use in the United Kingdom and Canada.

    President Trump announced the approval on Twitter, thanking all the scientists and medical professionals who participated in the Operation Warp Speed project that gave rise to the fastest vaccine development in history.