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US Pfizer approval is the boost SA vax drive needs


US Pfizer approval is the boost SA vax drive needs

Prof Salim Abdool Karim believes the thoroughness of the FDA trials will give the vaccine untainted credibility

Senior reporter

The recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), America’s medical and food watchdog, will help boost SA’s own rollout.

Until now, the vaccine had been rolled out under the FDA’s emergency use authorisation, which allows for medicines to be used in times of public health emergencies.

While the FDA’s green light was expected — the vaccine having successfully negotiated three phases of human trials — the approval has come just in time as vaccine programmes in numerous countries stutter in the wake of fake news and hysteria drummed up by anti-vaxxers. ..

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