Pelosi Statement on FDA Full Approval of First Coronavirus Vaccine

August 23, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Pelosi released this statement after the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine:

“The FDA’s full approval of a coronavirus vaccine shows Americans can have full confidence in the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine that has been painstakingly studied and reviewed.  For those who have been reluctant to get vaccinated, this long-awaited approval reflects the extraordinary rigor and scrutiny that FDA has applied in reviewing millions of cases to ensure that this vaccine is safe.

“With the leadership of President Biden, free, safe and effective vaccines are available in every community across America.  Every day, we are seeing the tragedy of unvaccinated Americans struggling to breathe in hospital beds, sending heartbreaking messages to their loved ones to get vaccinated before it’s too late.  Getting vaccinated is not only the best way to protect ourselves, it is essential to protect those in our care, our schools, our workplaces and to stop the spread in our communities.

“Thanks to the strong leadership of acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock and medical experts at FDA in mobilizing a thorough and expeditious review, today’s full FDA approval is a critical step forward in the fight to defeat the coronavirus.  The Congress salutes the FDA’s steadfast attention to safety and hopes that the coronavirus vaccine will be fully authorized for children soon.”