Make no mistake, the FDA still considers these vaccines safe and effective, and they have already been through rigorous clinical trials to reach this point.
Let's connect the dots.
In an interview with the Washington Post, the FDA's top vaccine official said the process involves going through hundreds of thousands of pages submitted by the companies.
The FDA has stopped much of its other work to speed up the full approval but it's still taking time. The agency isn't giving a timeline yet but some experts estimate Pfizer could receive full approval by the fall.
Whether that will persuade vaccine skeptics remains uncertain but lawmakers and health experts say official FDA approval could help more institutions make the vaccine mandatory.
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