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Pfizer-BioNTech Covid Vaccine Gets Full FDA Approval
The Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE was granted a full approval by U.S. regulators, a milestone expected to help bolster the immunization drive amid a renewed surge in infections.
The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Monday that it had cleared the shot for the prevention of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in people 16 and older. It will be marketed under the name Comirnaty.
Pfizer is also doubling down on cancer treatment.
It was a big day for the pharmaceutical giant, who will also be purchasing Trillium, a Canadian immuno-therapy firm, in a deal worth $2.26 billion.