Video: COVID-19 and Why it Matters, FDA full approval of Pfizer vaccine

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 24, FDA full approval of Pfizer vaccine

Hi Brian Merkel, UW-Green Bay Microbiology and Immunology, and we are here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

We now have the Pfizer vaccine has full FDA approval. And what that essentially means is that, there’s follow-up data after the release of the vaccine and safety and efficacy data points are analyzed and assessed even further beyond what they already have been. So, for those that have remained resistant in terms of becoming vaccinated, I hope what it means for those individuals is that they will consider becoming immunized.

Because the reality right now, is that we have an emerging surge of the Delta variant. We are finding more hospitalizations with unvaccinated people. And what all these things demonstrate collectively, is that the vaccines are still and remain to be, your best bet from any risk of having moderate to severe complications from a COVID-19 infection.

The point that needs to be emphasized here is that these are incredibly safe and efficacious vaccines by any standard. The fact that we now have one of the three with this final stamp of approval. And so, I hope that’s an opportunity for those that have been resistant to become immunized, to do their part to help all of us get back to the life that we knew.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series Introduction with Brian Merkel

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from

Part 2: Two main types of viruses

Part 3: Why is this virus serious?

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask?

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year?

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine?

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information?

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies?

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants?

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome?

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants

Part 20: Vaccine Side Effects

Part 21: I’m young, why get vaccinated?

Part 22: Variants and eased restrictions concern

Part 23: Delta Variant, protect yourself and others

Part 24: FDA full approval of Pfizer vaccine

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