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FDA advisory panel recommends authorization of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Fox News correspondent David Spunt joins ‘Special Report’ with the latest from FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday formally granted emergency approval for Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate, officially paving the way for widespread distribution of the long-awaited vaccine that is recommended to go to health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities first. 

The move comes just one day after an FDA advisory panel voted to endorse the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. 

In a joint statement released after the vote, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said the agency will now "rapidly work toward finalization and issuance of an emergency use authorization." 

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