FDA fully approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, which could be an 'important confidence-builder'

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The Food and Drug Administration has for the first time granted full approval to a COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA announced Monday it has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, which had previously been authorized for emergency use, for those 16 or older. Earning full approval from the FDA required additional data, and experts are hopeful this could encourage more people to get the shot.

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