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Calls mount on FDA to formally endorse Covid vaccines as Delta surges

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Pressure is growing for the FDA to grant full approval to the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines — or to at least more clearly explain to the public its decision-making process — to help convince more Americans to get their shots.

Some medical experts have sounded off on social media in recent days, calling on regulators to endorse what they say the data already shows — that the two vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna made with messenger RNA technology safely and effectively prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from the coronavirus.

“I don’t think there’s anything that can move the needle more in the U.S.,” said Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research, about the unvaccinated who are eligible to get the shot.

More than 183 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 135 million doses of Moderna's have been administered in the U.S., according to the CDC, and their rollout has correlated with a steep decline in Covid-19 cases since January. The vast majority of Covid-related hospitalizations and deaths are now occurring among unvaccinated populations.

“That’s as good as gets when it comes to having data on safety and efficacy," said Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at New York's Bellevue Hospital. "We have it in real life — what more can people ask for?”

Still, it's unclear how much full licensure of the vaccines will spur........

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