'A Historic Event for Humanity': US Reaches Turning Point in Fight Against COVID-19 As FDA Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine
Dec 12, 2020
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In what is hoped to be the beginning of the end of America's COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday night authorized the first vaccine to prevent the disease.
The vaccine, developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, appears to be extremely safe and highly effective.
It was developed faster than any previously approved vaccine in the United States – not by compromising safety or accepting a mediocre vaccine as some feared – but by spending billions of taxpayer dollars and taking advantage of recent scientific advances.
The vaccine could start to be delivered into people's arms as soon as Monday, if not earlier. About 2.9 million frontline health care workers and nursing home residents are expected to receive the vaccine in the first few days.
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