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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its full approval to the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in the United States. Although the vaccine has been given so far, this has only happened with an "emergency" authorization.
The two-dose vaccine has met "the high standard of safety, efficiency and quality of production," said acting FDA director Janet Woodstock.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines Turkey has administered since the start of the inoculation drive in mid-January has surpassed 90 million doses.
Nearly 36 million people have been fully vaccinated while some 47 million have been given their first doses of the jab against the deadly virus.
The U.S. drug regulator on Aug. 23 granted full approval to the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine - the first to secure such Food and Drug Administration validation - prompting President Joe Biden to make a fresh pitch to vaccine skeptics to get the shot to fight the relentless pandemic.
A new study out of the UK has shown that the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is waning faster than others when up against a high viral load mutation of the coronavirus, like the Delta variant
Turkey will begin requiring negative COVID-19 test results and proofs of vaccination for some sectors, including from teachers as schools reopen next month and for domestic travel.
The government announced a set of new rules late on Aug. 19 as the country fights the coronavirus pandemic with a strategy focusing on its vaccination program.
The EU will recognise national Covid certificates from Turkey, Ukraine and North Macedonia from Friday, opening the way to easier travel for their residents, the European Commission said.
The "equivalence decisions" mean those three countries' certificates will be connected to the bloc-wide EU Digital Covid Certificate system, the EU executive said in a statement.