FDA Gives Full Approval to Pfizer Vaccine, Makes Way for More Mandates

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The FDA has finally granted full approval to the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer to those 16 and older. Children under 11 are still not approved and those ages 12-15 can get the vaccine under emergency use authorization. With this approval, the hope is that some hesitant people might now get their shots, but also that more businesses and local governments might mandate them. Andrew Joseph, reporter at STAT News, joins us for what to know about Pfizer’s full approval.

Next, to help with the evacuations of Americans and Afghans from Afghanistan, the Pentagon has active a little-used program called the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, which compels airlines to provide aircraft to help in emergencies. 18 aircraft will be provided from some major airlines and it is not expected to impact operations here at home. Leslie Josephs, airline reporter at CNBC, joins us for this and also the coming vaccine mandates from airlines.

Finally, over 75% of pregnant people have not been vaccinated and doctors are reporting that they are seeing more young and healthy pregnant women ending up in hospitals on ventilators or delivering babies prematurely because of Covid. There are also some extra precautions needed in treating pregnant patients like making sure their oxygen levels are higher. Shira Stein, reporter at Bloomberg Law, joins us for more.

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