The government recently came out with a couple of vaccines for COVID-19 that are being tested and developed, some might just be ready before others. The CDC is working with all levels on flexible covid vaccine programs that relate to different scenarios. Researchers’ top priority right now is that if the vaccine will fully prevent people from getting sick from the virus.
A chief medical officer named Dr. Tal Zaks, who is part of the creation of the vaccine, says “I think we need to be careful, as we get vaccinated, not to over-interpret these results.” Zaks talks about that when the vaccine first comes out it will not officially prove that the vaccine reduces transmission. He says “I absolutely believe it reduces transmission but I think it’s important that we don’t change behavior solely on the basis of the vaccine.”
Information that was revealed last week about the vaccine is that it was nearly 95 percent effective in a late-stage clinical trial. They have come out with a view vaccines that were said to help treat it and it’s reported the shots are highly effective for getting rid of Covid as well.
A company called Moderna has announced that the final results that only 11 people who received 2 doses of the vaccine have developed COVID 19 symptoms after being infected with the virus. Moderna says that they plan to charge $32 to $37 per dose of the vaccine in developed countries but other parts of the world will have cheaper pricing in other parts of the country. This company hopes to provide the U.S. government with 20 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year.
The FDA says that until we know how effective the vaccine is, then we will still have to wear masks to make sure we aren’t putting anyone in danger. It was also told that it might be possible for a person who got vaccinated to transmit the virus to others even if they don’t necessarily get sick themselves.
The vaccine has started to be given to people in England, the majority of the people who have got it so far have been at more risk of getting the virus. Although the vaccine will indeed help prevent the virus, the shots of the vaccine will cause some side effects like soreness, fatigue, fevers, chills, and headaches.
The FDA is requiring all drug companies that are giving out the COVID-19 vaccines for emergency authorization to provide 2 months of safety date for people who got the vaccine. The healthcare workers are first in line for the vaccine and CDC recommends the first doses go to everyone in need of it before healthy and younger people do. At least 36 states are working with the CDC to distribute the vaccines in long-term care facilities.
Hopefully, it can make its way through everyone who needs it in these next few months so we can get back to normal as best as we can. This vaccine will be a huge accomplishment for our world and will change everyone’s lives that have been ruined by this virus this past year.