What’s the difference between full and emergency FDA vaccine approval?

CHARLOTTE — COVID-19 vaccines are the key in returning to normal life, but hesitancy is still a major hurdle that could prevent herd immunity.

Many people say the vaccine may not be safe, citing it only has emergency approval and not full approval from the FDA.

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A Duke University doctor involved in research trials related to COVID-19 treatments said that doesn’t mean the vaccine hasn’t been vetted.

“The biggest thing that’s really been cut is the red tape,” said Dr. Susanna Naggie, Vice Dean for clinical research at the Duke University School of Medicine.

>> In the video at the top of this page, Channel 9′s DaShawn Brown spoke with Naggie to find out the differences between emergency and full FDA approval.