First COVID-19 vaccine goes to FDA today for emergency authorization

Pfizer headquarters in Manhattan, New York City, United States on November 19, 2020.

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headquarters in Manhattan, New York City, United States on November
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Today the US Food and Drug Administration will receive its first
submission of a candidate vaccine to fight the pandemic
coronavirus.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech

announced early this morning
that they are submitting the
formal request to obtain an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from
the FDA for the companies’
mRNA vaccine, BNT162b2
.

The submission follows the celebrated news just Wednesday that
the companies had wrapped up their Phase III trial and found the
vaccine to be
95-percent effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19
, the
disease caused by the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

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First COVID-19 vaccine goes to FDA today for emergency
authorization