Watch Live: Biden speaks after FDA grants full approval to Pfizer vaccine

President Joe Biden is speaking after the Food and Drug Administration announced it has granted full approval to Pfizer and BioNTech for their COVID-19 vaccine to be given to Americans as young as 16, the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive full FDA approval. Health officials hope the new status will encourage more unvaccinated people to get the jab. 

The FDA approval could also set into motion a new wave of vaccine requirements among employers and universities as cases and deaths rise to the highest levels in months. It also comes as Mr. Biden faces arguably most difficult crisis of his presidency yet, as U.S. troops race against the clock to evacuate thousands of Americans and Afghans who helped the U.S. out of Afghanistan. 

How to watch Biden speak about the Pfizer vaccine’s full approval 

  • What: President Biden speaks after the FDA grants full approval for the Pfizer vaccine 

  • Date: August 23, 2021 

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

  • Location: White House, Washington, D.C.

  • Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device

The FDA had initially authorized the Pfizer vaccine on an emergency use basis. The vaccine has yet to be approved for emergency use in children younger than 12.

The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are still under an emergency use authorization designation. 

“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,” said acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock.