USA – Pfizer applies for emergency FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccine

The Pfizer drug company formally asked the feds Friday to approve its coronavirus vaccine for emergency use — a request that opens the door to a US release before Christmas, according to the firm.

The Manhattan-based pharmaceutical giant — which hinted earlier in the day it would seek approval — is now the first to seek the green light for an experimental jab from the Food and Drug Administration, which must decide whether to allow high-risk Americans to receive it by mid-December.

“It is with great pride and joy — and even a little relief — that I can say that our request for emergency use authorization for our COVID-19 vaccine is now in the FDA’s hands,” Pfizer’s chief executive, Dr. Albert Bourla, said in a video Friday. “This is a historic day.”…