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Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

COVID-19 vaccines are absolutely safe. They have gone through all the necessary steps for the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate the clinical trials and approve them as being safe and effective. The reason we’ve been able to make such rapid progress isn’t because we’ve skipped any steps. It’s because we have decades of knowledge of how to create vaccines. We were able to very quickly identify the target that makes a vaccine effective. And because the pandemic had so many cases spreading so quickly, we were able to show that those who are vaccinated versus those who got the placebo were effectively protected against the infection.