For people holding out on getting a COVID-19 vaccination until a drug is approved by the FDA, it could happen as soon as Monday.
The New York Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration is pushing to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine by Monday.
Once this happens, the approval is expected to open the door for vaccine requirements by both public and private organizations all over the country who were holding out ordering shots until the F.D.A. provided their approval.
Look for more colleges and universities, hospitals and local governments to mandate vaccinations.
The Pentagon is planning on making COVID vaccinations mandatory for the 1.3 million active duty troops once the drug is approved.
Pfizer-BioNTech is also planning to seek F.D.A. approval of a third dose that would be a booster shot.
As for Moderna’s application for F.D.A. approval of their vaccine? It’s still being reviewed by regulators, and it will be several more weeks before they get the coveted approval according to the NYT.
As of early August, roughly 57%, or almost 190 million people in the U.S. had received at least one dose of vaccine according to the CDC.