The emergency approval has “nothing” to do with lockdowns, said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine. Instead, emergency use authorizations are temporary licenses granted while manufacturers collect more data and apply for full licenses, Noymer said. The FDA can grant them if the health and human services secretary has declared that a public health emergency justifies it.
Social media posts wrongly claim vaccination can happen only during lockdowns
PolitiFact, April 2, 2021
April 2, 2021