FDA announces approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today (Aug. 23) announced its full approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine – the first ever covid-19 vaccine to receive this status since the pandemic began.

With countries increasingly pushing for their populations to get inoculated as more dangerous and contagious variants of Covid-19 emerge, officials believe that today’s approval, which covers individuals 16 years and up, will instill additional confidence in people to get the jabs.

FDA’s Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement that “today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic…,” while Pfizer’s Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla noted that he is hopeful that the approval will help increase confidence in his company’s vaccine.

“Vaccination remains the best tool we have to help protect lives,” he said.

The other two vaccines being used in the US are Moderna, which has applied for approval, and Johnson & Johnson which has not yet applied, although it remains in use under emergency authorization, according to NBC News.

While children aged 12 through 15 can get the Pfizer vaccine through emergency use authorization, Monday’s approval does not cover that age range. So far, no covid-19 vaccine has been authorized or approved for children under 12, although officials say these could come in the next few months.

In December 2020, Pfizer became the first Covid-19 vaccine to gain emergency authorization and up to present time, over 204 million doses have already administered in the US, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. As per a decision by US health authorities, from September 20, individuals with compromised immune systems will become eligible for a third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine, eight months after their second doses. The FDA has not yet approved this for the general population.

According to NBC News, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey conducted in June found that 3 in 10 unvaccinated people said they would be more willing to take the shots if the vaccines were fully approved. Pundits believe that with the approval of Pfizer’s shots, more vaccine mandates may be coming.

Vaccine hesitancy has been a worldwide struggle, with many governments and institutions offering various incentives to increase vaccine up-takes. Some nations have opted to make vaccines mandatory, while others have only done so for select sections that are considered high risk.

In his recent address to the nation over the weekend, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said his government would not be instituting mandatory vaccinations but made an impassioned plea to residents to get inoculated.

Skerrit was speaking on the heels of a coronavirus surge which saw total cases go from 203 on August 9, to 1,339 on August 21. There are currently 544 active cases, according to the latest official figures.

Last week Wednesday, Skerrit announced that Dominica would be receiving in a few days, a donation of Pfizer vaccines from the United States Government to further help in the fight against Covid-19. He said that these would be rolled out immediately after receiving it and would include the 12-17 year age group.

A similar donation was received from the UK.

According to a US Embassy release, the US Government has gifted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 5.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. This donation to the region is part of the United States’ world-wide distribution of 80 million doses.

Saint Lucia has already confirmed receiving 52,560 doses of the Pfizer vaccines from the US.

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31 Comments

  1. If we knew better
    August 26, 2021

    https://www.rt.com/uk/533165-bbc-presenter-astrazeneca-death/

    Facts, not fiction or hearsay. Trust the Science. ………………..

  2. J.John-Charles
    August 25, 2021

    My comments are not geared towards the authorities in DA.Yes I am not in favor of vaccinating the children. If 2yrs from now some damaging side effects appears.
    The experts could not wait for 5-6yrs and then gave the OK. It was used as an emergency.
    Now, for the FDA approving the Pfizer vaccine dose not say much.The thing is already on the market in use. People with concerns are saying,the FDA has not given the OK, so why forced it on me? So the FDA just proclaiming “IT IS APPROVED” so what?
    I am not telling anyone to boycott the vaccines.It is your God given right. No one should be ostracized for deciding one way or an other. The same people are telling you “A woman have the right to murder an innocent baby in the womb, it’s her body”

  3. Lin clown
    August 25, 2021

    Mr.Charles,when I went to BARBADOS for my GREEN CARD,I did not have a choice as to which DOCTOR to go to or what vaccines to take.I am sure it was the same with you.Years later I cannot say what vaccine I took but I took it anyway.

  4. If we knew better
    August 25, 2021

    “The FDA works on behalf of the interests of Big Pharmaceutical Companies. they are subsequently rewarded, and using the us governments police powers, they attack those who threaten the big drug companies. People think the FDA is protecting them. it isnt. What the FDA is doing, and what the people think the FDA is doing, are as different as night and day.” – Dr. Herbert Ley (former Commissioner of the U.S. FDA)

    People, we how things work. money talks.

  5. If we knew better
    August 24, 2021

    Part of the big plan. At one point in time the US government had also approved slavery, did that make it ok? Nope. Another example is the use of Asbestos. Widely used and accepted. today both are demonised. Should i go on? Talcum powder had been used and promoted for years. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/johnsonandjohnson-cancer/

    The same Johnson and Johnson that sending us vaccines. Trust the science. My science says this is a farce. To be honest, Too many grown Dominicans act like children and refuse to think objectively. like adults. Its always a hear say or a maypwi or a big joke when we should be taking issues seriously. Everyone has a cell phone and allll the information is there. just google “deaths after vaccine”

  6. Lin clown
    August 24, 2021

    Kid,these malaprops IBO,%,Viewsexpressed and Jonathan don’t live in Dominica,they depend on GOSSIP FAKE NEWS and LIES to post BS.

  7. J.John-Charles
    August 24, 2021

    You are blaming “the right to bear arms” for the 24,000 shootings. But I don’t believe the law abiding citizens, which the constitution gives the right to protect their families and businesses are the ones who goes around killing innocent citizens.It is the thugs who lives in democratic cities and states, with strict gun laws.Like N.Y., Chicago, Seattle, California and many others. And don’t forget, they are blacks shooting blacks.
    If a young man or woman, is healthy and strong, with an impeccable character and is testing for the virus every week or day, and the result is negative. Should this person be fired from his place of employment because he/she is not comfortable with this vaccine in his body?

    And don’t forget to attack me, because I don’t fall in line. I am like a dasheen leaf.I don’t care.
    Bye

    • Toto
      August 25, 2021

      JJ as much as anybody has a right to refuse being vaccinated everybody also has a right to refuse to associate with somebody like that for their own protection. Equal rights brother.

      • Gary
        August 26, 2021

        You are one of those people who say things and sometimes put no effort in thought as to what you are saying, believing you have the absolute truth with the statements you make. Here is something you may need to think about, hope you enjoy reading it, is it part of the debate we are faced with in the situation we are in, another part of the complex puzzle.

        https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342946672_UNDERSTANDING_HUMAN_RIGHTS

  8. Morality Police
    August 24, 2021

    Administrator, perhaps I have a dirty mind, but this paragraph is offensive, “FDA’s Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement that “today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic…,” while Pfizer’s Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla noted that he is hopeful that the approval will help increase confidence in his company’s vaccine.

    I suggest omitting these offensive names to protect our sense of decency in our Christian-based society.

  9. Frances
    August 24, 2021

    My question is, if the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and up, why would the Government of Dominica want to give it to children ages 12-17? Am I the only one seeing this?

  10. Gary
    August 24, 2021

    Thanks for your reply, I must also give thumps up to DNO, you guys always exceed my expectations. I like the dynamics of this, you are saying that my info. regarding the PCR test is outdated information and that the PCR has been upgraded and so it is more reliable, wow.
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/wOSeTz57xrCF/
    Now why would you want to speak on behalf of Dominicans, referring to your quote “We Dominicans are not that simpleminded.” and why would you say my reason for outlining the PCR test was intended as a reproachable statement, it’s somewhat deceitful on your part.

    I would like to know what is your understanding or criteria as it regards to misinformation, and what constitutes a reliable source for information. As to your link, wow, do you really believe that AI
    used on the internet really helps police misinformation and fake news. It’s a political tool to manipulate and destroy critical thinking.

    • Gary
      August 24, 2021

      Sorry, The above comment was meant as a reply to @Sherm

  11. Ibo France
    August 23, 2021

    This is one of the legitimate reasons for the vaccine hesitancy and skepticism about the taking of the vaccine, the lack of full approval by the FDA.

    How can you consider those anti-vaxxers selfish and stupid when the FDA relentlessly has refused to give full approval to the widely used vaccines ?

    The FDA has been hesitant until they has finally relented on the Pfizer vaccine only. I haven’t heard anyone calling them stupid and selfish.

    I believe the vaccines help and I willingly took it. However, I also believe that every human being has that inalienable right to decide what foreign substance goes into his/her blood stream.

  12. Mark
    August 23, 2021

    There is sufficient proof of the vaccines’ efficacy based on the data after vaccination thereforeI believe it is a no brainer when it comes to individuals taking the vaccine. There will always be folks with opposing views but one should not allow these individuals to sway them from taking the vaccine. If in doubt, consult your physician and don’t rely on those individuals who secretly receive the vaccine but publicly advocate against taking it.
    It is high time for governments/private sector to start taking this virus seriously and start mandating receipt of those vaccines in order to get a handle on this deadly disease. It is our only hope.
    Those who do not want to follow the company’s policy are welcome to seek employment elsewhere. As I have mentioned before, an organization has the right to mandate the vaccine and terminate you if you don’t comply.

  13. Anon anon
    August 23, 2021

    Gary, it’s instructive that your points of reference are far-right sites and organisations that promote hate speech and conspiracy theories. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a conservative non-profit association that promotes medical disinformation, such as HIV/AIDS denialism, the abortion-breast cancer hypothesis, vaccine and autism connections, and homosexuality reducing life expectancy. The association was founded in 1943 to oppose a government attempt to nationalize health care. Bitchute is a far-right video hosting site that promote hate speech. Way to go, Gary. I don’t know if you are Dominican or not, or if you are black or white, but your post suggest you embody white supremacy.
    DNO, I hope you publish this

    • Gary
      August 24, 2021

      Wow, the human mind and how it is fashioned and molded by external political ideologies and pundits. DNO gave you your wish, you used your whole comment to bash me, call me names and discredit the source of my information, and never put forth an argument as to why you disagree with the information. What takes precedent in your search for the truth, Political ideologies with their set established norms and beliefs or time taken to read and analyze the information presented to you, the latter is what you ignore to do, very sad.

      Why are caught in that nonsense of far right, conservatives and liberal and the other foolish connotations, is this where you find truth. What about you, the observer, the center of all this, that is where the power lies. You mention HIV/AIDS denialism: *link removed*

  14. KID ON THE BLOCK
    August 23, 2021

    The mighty and famous doctors and scientists of the USELESS WICKED PEOPLE( just to name a few, Ibo MALAPROP France, %, viewsexpressed, Johnathan ST. Jean and the list goes on) of Dominica let’s hear your rebuttal now. You ALL seem to know even more than the creator even when the creator said, KNOWNLEDGE SHALL INCREASE. WHAT I HAVE NOT COMPLETE, MAN SHALL FINISH.
    Remember Noah and the ACT? Those who took shelter in the ACT were saved. Those who didn’t perish.
    The vaccine is ACT protecting us from perishing . So it’s left to us . This is the coming of the end of times my people. Be smart and do good to yourself, family and others. TAKE THE VACCINE!

    • out of south city
      August 23, 2021

      Get out of here with your Brer Anancy stories. How long have faith and belief people been talking about th end times? We also believed that Christopher Columbus discovered Dominica and come to find out, the Kalinagos were already here. Keep looking for a blonde haired blue eyed Jesus and you will be wasting your time. Read about your story instead of history.
      We have been fed lies upon lies but we continue as sheep to the slaughter. Open up your Spiritual eyes to truth.
      UNAPOLOGETIC!!!!!!!

      • Ibo France
        August 24, 2021

        The KID is Brer Anancy’s offspring. This gullible, empty vessel is antiquated in his thinking. Don’t be too hard on him he has a severe learning disability. He did not even graduate from pre-school.

    • Ibo France
      August 23, 2021

      Listen to a real, compassionate, perspicacious , astute leader Mia Motley about the vaccine. This is the kind of leader Dominica needs, a servant leader not a obdurate dictator.

      Mia uses persuasion to convince the anti-vaxxers not a sledge hammer. Not only her words were comforting and non-confrontational but her tone was calm and convincing and soothing. Mia has restored some confidence in me for some politicians.

      Comparing Mia Motley and Roosevelt Skerrit is like comparing a dove to a vulture. Skerrit of course being the odorous, gluttonous vulture.

      DNO I’ll advise you to post that clip about taking the vaccine by Mia Motley (Barbados Prime Minister) on your news site. You will do the whole of Dominica a monumental service. Pleaseeeeee.!!!!!

      ADMIN: We have found a clip, but we can’t be certain its the one you are referring to, of Mia Motley making an appeal to people to get vaccinated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXFlg3NAijU.
      In the future, and this applies to everyone, if you want to refer someone to a video, clip or source we would expect you to provide that source or link.

      We have been receiving increasing requests to find links or information on the internet in support of a claim a commenter made themselves and we simply do not have the time to pursue each request.

      If you make a claim or statement you will be expected to provide support/evidence for that statement.

      Thank you for your understanding.

      • Ibo France
        August 23, 2021

        Bird brain KID, have you ever seen anybody stone an empty mango tree? Contemplate on that statement.

        • KID ON THE BLOCK
          August 24, 2021

          Ibo MALAPROP France, I’m sure you will agree with me that a bird has more brain than a crab.
          Contemplate on that statement.

        • Gary
          August 24, 2021

          Politicians are not made overnight. I will be short, people must never be led by their emotions but by reason and argument. Politicians are great at theatrics, it’s a tool they use for persuasion, Defense Lawyers, Prosecutors and people of the Religious fraternity employ this tool, It’s not about what is said and how it is said, bottom line, analyze what is being said and not be persuaded to act on impulse of their persuasive use of theatrics.

      • Ti Garcon
        August 24, 2021

        This is Dominica we don’t need to hear nothing about no bajan. They already meddling too much in our political affairs and that snake is the reason Ross, a substantial chuck of our GDP, is no longer here. Your obsession with this advertisement for obesity is treasonous!!!

  15. Mr King
    August 23, 2021

    all u like to take anything all u see online and run with it . The first article is about the withdrawal of the emergency use because obvious this must be done before approval so it is no longer applicable . the other article is just about people choice and the last one which is a blog site .. I haven’t taken the vaccine but i don’t see why you have to come tell the admin what to post .. if u don’t like it just read and move on. If people want to take the vaccine make them take their vaccine and move on with your life. like everybody knows the FDA did it emergency at first ..

    • Gary
      August 24, 2021

      Here is a question for you, is it wrong to question the so-called emergency waiver used in the initial stage of the vaccine, is it wrong to question the approval method used for the vaccine. Have you thought of the implication of your statement, “if u don’t like it just read and move on” wow. The implication is, we would be overrun by well-organized propaganda machinery, are we created to be automations to other people’s beliefs, and opinions just because they say it is science based.

      Why are you so passive, imagine where we would be if everyone had such a passive behavior, isn’t that where we are being herded to, well what is wrong with resistance.

  16. Toto
    August 23, 2021

    Blessings I truly hope this gives you more confidence brother. Black blood is the same as white blood, red. And illuminati or not I feeling better with the vaccination. We have enough quacks out there already but traditional medicine and science base medicine can work together bro, why not.

    • Gary
      August 24, 2021

      Just an observation, when you say, “Black blood is the same as white blood,” you are making such statement based on the observation of the blood it’s appearance in terms of the common color which is red. You can also say that the biological function of blood is the same, but here is a difference you may overlook. Why is it that when someone wants a blood transplant, that person has to get a blood type that matches his specific blood type, have you not overlook the subatomic level or a divine purpose. I’m not a scientist or Doctor, I stand corrected.

      We must not just look at the appearance of things or rely on our limited physical senses to know things nether logic or the intellect. This can also be true to as to the events in our daily lives, such as this so-called Pandemic. We can all have our beliefs, that is fine, but in the end, what a thing is and our belief as to what that thing is are two different things most of the time the latter takes precedent.

  17. Gary
    August 23, 2021

    To Admin: you seem to love such headlines, is this how you determine the truth with one narrative. Here is a headline you missed
    https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html

    What about this headline https://aapsonline.org/aaps-supports-the-right-to-decline-covid-19-vaccine

    And what about this https://www.bitchute.com/video/yn3u9ETcxCbV/ ain’t these headlines that should be talked about or heard.

    • Sherm
      August 23, 2021

      A fine point of a good journalist would be to research print what is from a reliable source so as not to spread information that is misleading or false.

      Subject 1. Great point Gary on bring to light that that the Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 was only segued to a more reliable testing process; However, GARY! you may have intended it as a reproachable statement. we Dominicans are not that simpleminded.

      US citizens have the right not to vaccinate, and US employers have the right to terminate their employment if they don’t have a particular vaccine. They also have the right to bear arms which is resulting in over 24,000 shootings so far this year and still populating, so it is not apples to apples.

      Point 3. Your point brings more misinformation. Likened persons who spread this seem to be purposeful in pointing their blows to affect Dominicans where it hurts. https://www.logically

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