The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for adults, aged 16 years and older. “The FDA’s authorization for emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so many families in the United States and around the world,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, said in a press release.
2.9 million doses will be sent to more than 600 sites across the USA by Saturday, first to hospitals as health care workers are expected to get the first doses.
“Today, we can begin to turn millions of Americans’ hopes into reality,” said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. “That’s because we have received the great news that the FDA has authorized the emergency use of our COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 or older.”
“It’s nothing short of a medical miracle to have FDA authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19 just over 11 months since the virus was made known to the world,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement Friday night.
“Our teams are engaged and ready to receive it,” said Onisis Stefas, chief pharmacy officer for Northwell Health in New York, continuing that health systems will get 48 hours of notice before shipment.
With the landmark authorization from the FDA, vaccine shipments are expected to move quickly. The first doses could be administered Monday, an official at HHS confirmed.