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Fox News reacts to FDA’s Pfizer vaccine approval by questioning if it was rushed

Fox News has questioned whether the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been rushed.

During a Fox News Alert earlier today, host Dana Perino said: “The FDA just giving full approval to Pfizer’s COVID vaccine, it’s the first vaccine to get that full approval and in record time too, that has critics asking if the process was rushed. Was it?”

She then brought on pediatrician Admiral Brett Giroir who said: “Americans should feel very good, even better than they did yesterday, about getting the vaccine.”

It comes after the FDA announced today on its website that it had approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which would be used for the prevention of the virus for people aged 16 years and older.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, 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,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D.

“While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”

(File photo) Nurse Practitioner Terri Welch administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at the Haxby and Wigginton Group Medical Practice in Haxby, northern England on December 22, 2020. Fox News asked whether the process to approve the vaccine was rushed.
DIDIER PALLAGES / AFP/Getty Images

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