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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the much-awaited authorization of Pfizer and BioNTech’s jointly developed coronavirus vaccine for emergency use (EUA) late Friday.

This comes after the vaccine advisers to the US medical regulator voted 17 to 4 Thursday, recommending the approval of the vaccine for emergency use.

Pfizer’s covid vaccine, which has shown 95% efficacy in a late-stage trial, will be available for the first inoculations early next week. Canada also authorized the vaccine and expects to start inoculations next week.

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“The FDA said the vaccine can be given to people aged 16 and older.”

“Healthcare workers and elderly people in long-term care facilities are expected to be the main recipients of the first round of 2.9 million doses.”

In response to the FDA authorization, US President Donald Trump posted a video on Twitter, citing, “the first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours.”