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Biden calls on employers to require vaccines after Pfizer gets full FDA approval

President Biden made his clearest plea but to employers to require the COVID-19 vaccine for his or her staff, on the day that the Food and Drug Administration introduced its full approval for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to be given to Americans as younger as 16. It’s the primary COVID vaccine to obtain full FDA approval, and well being officers hope the brand new standing will encourage extra individuals to get the vaccine. 

“If you’re a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do it, require it. Do what I did last month, require your employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements,” Mr. Biden mentioned Monday in remarks after the FDA designation. 

The federal authorities is requiring staff to get the shot or be examined recurrently. Many firms are doing the identical. The FDA approval might set into movement a brand new wave of vaccine necessities amongst employers and universities as circumstances and deaths rise to the best ranges in months. The FDA had initially licensed the Pfizer vaccine on an emergency use foundation. 

“So let me say this loudly and clearly: If you’re one of the millions of Americans who said that they will not get the shot until it has full and final approval of the FDA, it has now happened. The moment you’ve been waiting for is here,” the president mentioned.

The president known as the FDA’s approval the “gold standard,” and emphasised that vaccines are free, secure, straightforward, efficient and handy. He additionally confused that the overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and deaths are going down among the many unvaccinated. 

“There is no time to waste,” Mr. Biden mentioned, warning in opposition to the Delta variant and insisting this can be a pandemic of the unvaccinated. 

The vaccine has but to be authorized for emergency use in kids youthful than 12. Since that is the case, the president mentioned greatest approach for youngsters to stay secure at college is for youths to put on masks. 

“While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S,” mentioned appearing FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock.  

The different two vaccines licensed for emergency use are nonetheless working on submissions for full approval. Moderna said it plans to end its application this month, and Johnson & Johnson, which is at present gathering information from trials of two-dose regimens, additionally plans to file for full approval this year.