The much anticipated FDA “approval” on August 23rd of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine made global headlines, spurring a new round of employer mandated vaccination policy announcements. But what exactly does this “approval” entail? Is this the true gold standard indicator of safety that the rigorous FDA approval process claims to convey, or just a creatively worded re-definition of the Emergency Use Authorization already in place? If the latter, the current tidal wave of vaccine mandates by employers are neither legal nor enforceable. So what’s an employee to do? Cut past the noise to learn about your rights and options.
NY Times: F.D.A. Fully Approves Pfizer-BioNTech’s Vaccine, a First for a Covid-19 Shot: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/23/health/pfizer-vaccine-approval-fda.html
FDA “Approves” Pfizer Vaccine: https://www.fda.gov/media/150386/download
Member of FDA’s Expert Panel Resigns Over Controversial Alzheimer’s Therapy Approval: https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/08/fda-expert-panel-resigns-alzheimers-approval/
One-Third of New Drugs Had Safety Problems After FDA Approval: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/09/527575055/one-third-of-new-drugs-had-safety-problems-after-fda-approval <
Comirnaty Side Effects: https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download
Comirnaty Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download
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