House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (KY-02), House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Republican Leader Morgan Griffith (VA-09) released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is licensed for use.
"This approval will build more confidence and trust in the vaccines, which are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death from COVID-19. For anyone who hasn't yet been vaccinated, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your family. It's how we beat this pandemic and restore our way of life.
"Life under this pandemic has been full of fear--fear of the unknown, isolation, and uncertainty. What gave us hope from the beginning was the promise of American ingenuity and innovation. The COVID-19 vaccines, made possible by President Trump's historic partnership with the private sector, turned that hope into a reality. The vaccines are saving lives, lowering risks so we can keep our schools and businesses open, and giving people the courage to dream again."