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Local leaders: FDA Pfizer vaccine approval could improve Florida vaccination rate

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Local leaders: FDA Pfizer vaccine approval could improve Florida vaccination rate

Local leaders: FDA Pfizer vaccine approval could improve Florida vaccination rate

Leaders with the FDA say they’re on track to give full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as early as Monday.

Public health experts hope the approval will pave the way for more Americans to get the shot.


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