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FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine
On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
Delta is currently the predominant variant of the virus in the United States. The Delta variant is more than two times as contagious as previous variants and may cause more sever illness than previous variants in unvaccinated people. Although fully vaccinated people can get a breakthrough infection and spread the virus to others, unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern, including unvaccinated children. Layered prevention strategies, including wearing masks, are needed to reduce the transmission of this variant.
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