What Difference Would Full FDA Approval Make for COVID-19 Vaccines?

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In normal conditions, it might take years for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a drug as safe and effective. But when faced with an emergency — like the COVID-19 pandemic — the FDA can grant emergency use authorization, which according to the FDA is given if “there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives” for serious or life-threatening diseases.

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