False claims that Pfizer vaccine isn’t FDA approved resurface online

A post on a far-right legal website falsely claims that none of the available COVID-19 vaccines are FDA-approved because Comirnaty is different from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that has been administered since December. This myth was repeated by a U.S senator who has been critical of COVID-19 public health guidelines throughout the pandemic. Comirnaty is simply the brand name for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It’s common for drugs to have a research name until FDA approval. Prior to FDA approval, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was called BNT162b2 by researchers and the “Pfizer vaccine” by the public. Now that the vaccine is FDA-approved, it is marketed under the name Comirnaty.

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