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The Food and Drug Administration said it had authorized the first Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States late Friday — the first major, tantalizing indication for Americans that the pandemic’s days may be numbered.
A letter from the FDA to Pfizer reads that “the known and potential benefits of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 vaccine” outweigh its potential risks for people ages 16 and older.
FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn in a statement called the authorization “a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so many families in the United States and around the world.”