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Pfizer's RSV candidate receives FDA special status

The US health authority will accelerate its review of US-based Pfizer’s vaccine against RSV after granting it the Breakthrough Therapy Designation.

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Pfizer can look forward to a faster approval process for its vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will fast-track its drug review, Bloomberg reports.

The FDA’s special status, known as the Breakthrough Therapy Designation, is meant to expedite the development and case processing of drugs that treat serious diseases. RSV is a common virus that usually only leads to flu-like symptoms but can cause serious lung infections. Some at risk individuals include the elderly, immunocompromised persons and infants.

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