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The FDA Needs to Clear the Air on Vaccine Approval

Americans are baffled by the process — and who could blame them?

Well done.

Well done.

Photographer: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

As calls for the Food and Drug Administration to fully approve Covid-19 vaccines grow louder, the agency itself has little to say. This is a mistake. The agency insists it is “working as quickly as possible” and has suggested that full approval may come for at least one vaccine by the end of summer. The public is left wondering: What’s taking so long?

This isn’t just a minor nuisance. It undermines trust in the vaccines and damages the FDA’s most valuable asset — its credibility.