Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Robert Redfield gave official approval on Saturday evening for Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to be given to people 16 years of age and older, the agency said sunday.
Its official approval followed emergency clearance granted Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. Frontline healthcare workers could start receiving the first dose of the two-dose vaccine in cities across the country as early as Monday morning.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the CDC’s action on Saturday expanded the age range of authorized recipients beyond what the FD.A. had authorized, to include 16 and 17 year olds. In fact, the FDA clearance included them as well.
Dr Redfield’s approval marks one of the US government‘s latest nods for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the first to be available in Britain, Canada and now the United States.