FDA to approve COVID - 19 vaccine in early September: report

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FDA to approve COVID - 19 vaccine in early September: report

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aiming to give full approval for the Pfizer COVID vaccine in early September, The New York Times reported on Tuesday citing people involved in the effort.

The FDA gave emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine late last year. Full approval by the FDA could push more Americans to get the COVID - 19 vaccine as it might reduce their fears about the safety of the shot.

The agency's unofficial deadline for the approval is the Labor Day holiday of Sept. 6 according to the Times.

President Joe Biden said last week that he expected the FDA to make the decision by early fall.

The FDA said in a statement on Friday that the agency is moving rapidly as soon as possible on the Pfizer application.

The spread of the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant has fueled a new surge in infections, with the CDC reporting increasing numbers of cases in nearly 90% of U.S. jurisdictions.