Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine wins full FDA approval, potentially persuading the hesitant to get a shot

…from the Washington Post

[ Editor’s Note: Hopefully this will bring a badly a needed bump in vaccinations, but it is not expected to do so for individuals concerned about long term effects. The current bump in red state vaccinations is the high infection, hospitalization and death rate states. Local media mortality news seems to be doing the trick.

The main vax boost will come from businesses that did not want to risk getting sued for terminating employees for refusing to get a vaccine still in the experimental approval stage. Expect to see more companies requiring them, which will generate unhappiness with some people.

This could be a lingering problem with people’s lives being disrupted looking for new jobs that can require relocation, kids changing schools…but all preferable to dying of Covid.

For the unlucky ones who get it, to be hospitalized for 10 days and go home is about a $120,000 bill, which for uninsured people is a bankruptcy which would include their home. For those that go into the ICU, then a ventilator, and then die, figure about $400,000.

So for a male Covid fatality, that would be leaving a wife and kids broke, moving in with grandparents or whatever. I am surprised we have not seen any media stories about the families’ finance destruction and the bleak future they have.

Someone will get around to it eventually. We take each day as it comes, which includes one like today with the Alabama anti-vax loons on cross country joyrides threatening death sentences for anyone giving a vaccine… Jim W. Dean ]

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First published … August 23, 2021

Federal regulators Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine — a milestone that could help increase inoculation rates and spark a wave of vaccine mandates by employers and universities amid a surge of new cases and hospitalizations fueled by the ferocious delta variant.

The Food and Drug Administration action marks the first licensing of a vaccine for the coronavirus, which has swept the United States in repeated and punishing waves since early 2020, exhausting nursing staffs, filling intensive care units and raising fears among the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.

“As the first FDA-approved covid-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” FDA acting commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement.

…“It’s been remarkably fast,” said Holly Fernandez Lynch, a bioethics expert and lawyer at the University of Pennsylvania who said careful handling of the approval was crucial to potentially persuading the “vaccine hesitant” to receive the licensed product. “You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have people saying they won’t get vaccinated until there’s full approval and then say the FDA has to hurry up” and grant that approval.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Okay, I know that VT has a lot of writers that are Veterans and are supportive of Vaccines in general. The current Vax is not a Vaccine by any dictionary definition. The manufactures acknowledge that it does not stop you getting IT or passing it on.
    The Vax has Emergency approval only. Clinical tests not due until 2023.
    The ONLY reason for a FDA approval at this stage is that it will enable it to be mandated which you cannot do for an emergency only Vax.
    If you want to call me a cynic feel free!
    It is late where i live but will post on the Vax related deaths and reactions; if this one gets through.

  2. I’m a simple guy with a simple philosophy. If the colonel orders you to take the hill, while he waits at the bottom, scratch your head. If he says follow me, then your chances are good.
    The Generals took the shot first. Give me that. I want what he or she got.
    Over complicating a simple decision can lower your chances in a highly adaptive situation.

    The bug is long term, current symptoms or not. Its objectives are unknown. The vaccines objectives are known. 150 grand says , the food you eat by weeks end is worse for you.
    If you don’t want the vaccine, fine. Isolate. If you don’t isolate , it is an attack. The infected person is a weapon.

  3. DARPA awarded a 25 million dollar grant to Moderna in 2010 to study mrna vaccines. It is highly likely these vaccines have been tested to a much more stringent level than anything the FDA does. If the Generals took the vaccine, it is safe. They like safe bunkers.
    Thank a veteran, who are quite casually unwitting testing subjects of many things.
    The bad guy is not the vaccine,….it is the virus. It is a very easy call. Not difficult. A no brainer. Easy pop quiz. Quick investigation. Self evident. In your face. Demonstrably simple.

  4. Pfizer – 20$ per dose (requires 2) mrna vaccine
    Moderna – 15$ per dose (requires 2) mrna vaccine
    Jansenn (J&J) – 10$ per dose (requires 1) viral vector vaccine

    The approval process for various chemistry items in the US is many times related to finance or lack of alternative. I will be waiting a year from now to see how the efficacy percentages and approval order plays out. I would be more concerned about baby food and chemicals in the water supply. There are chemicals in the water and heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead in baby food. Glysophate is also still heavily used in the US food supply. yUK

  5. Working great in Israel it seems. 5,899 cases so far today in the nearly fully Pfizer vaccinated state of Israel. Multiply that figure by 36 to account for the population for a U.S. comparison and you get 212,364 cases per day in the USA. As for deaths, multiply 26 X 36 = 936 or about 1,000 deaths a day.

    Israel has shown you can look forward to significant changes with a near fully vaccinated population. You can look forward to special ‘green cards’, full quarantine on anyone fully vaccinated when they travel anywhere, full mask-wearing for everything (criminal charges and arrest otherwise), and waiting in line every day for a Covid-19 test swab, directly up your nasal cavity to where it interfaces with your brain.

    Sounds like you are all on the right track. Make sure you keep following directly in the footsteps of all-knowing Israel and get your kosher-approved Green-pass today.

    • Israel this. Israel that. The mere “fact” that this pint-sized country is being used as a meaningful sample is very questionable trial procedure for any drug. How are we doing with those shit-hole countries in Africa? They were good trial sites for HIV. Dr. Fauci. That $1 million dollar prize he got from Tel Aviv still sticks in my craw.

  6. “”””Hopefully this will bring a badly a needed bump in vaccinations, but it is not expected to do so for individuals concerned about long term effects”””””
    That may be true Jim, but I believe millions of people have already taken the vaccination in spite of their concerns over long term (side) effects, as well as short term ones.
    I took the vaccine, even though I was initially very resistant, due to the nature of the new technology.
    But, finally I figured better to have “some” immunity than none if faced with infection.
    Whether through coercion, or common sense, I think eventually most folks will come around.

    • Elvin. You have no “immunity” unless you contracted the virus. But, I agree there may be some placebo effect from inoculations that will kick start your immune system. Folks with other serious conditions are going down no matter how many shots they get. It’s a numbers game so your crap shoot was as good as any. Take care of yourself and your health first. That is your best vaccination.