The authorization is “a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic,” FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement.Updated Dec. 13, 2020, 10:59 AM UTCThis live coverage has ended. Continue reading Covid-19 news from Dec. 20, 2020.The Food and Drug Administration said it had authorized the first Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States late Friday — the first major, tantalizing indication for Americans that the pandemic’s days may be numbered.A letter from the FDA to Pfizer reads that “the known and potential benefits of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 vaccine” outweigh its potential risks for people ages 16 and older.FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn in a statement called the authorization “a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so many families in the United States and around the world.”Map of U.S. hot spots and worldwide Covid-19 cases.Tracking surges in states across the country this winter.Map of travel restrictions and which states have a mask mandate.Click here for more of NBC News’ Covid-19 coverage.


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