While not everyone is interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, it seems there could be one on the market pretty soon. As you may know, researchers all over the world have been working hard to get something approved that works well and is safe.
According to AlJazeera.com Dr. Moncef Slaoui who happens to be the head of the United States government’s coronavirus vaccine effort said not too long ago during a CNN interview that there have already been two companies who have applied for emergency use approval. This meaning they are seeing approval to use their drugs from the FDA. These two companies are Pfizer and bioNTech.
AlJazeera.com also noted that according to these companies their preliminary trials showed their vaccines as being at the very least roughly 95 percent effective. This meaning they are likely to be approved for emergency use. However, we do not yet have confirmation on whether they will be approved or not.
The BBC wrote as follows covering this topic:
The first Americans to receive a Covid-19 vaccine could get it as soon as 11 December, according to the head of the US coronavirus vaccine program.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui told US network CNN the plan was to “ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours” of a vaccine being approved.
The comments come amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
The US has recorded more than 12m cases and 255,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
These are the highest tolls registered anywhere in the world.
American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its partner BioNTech submitted an application on Friday for emergency authorization in the US of their Covid-19 vaccine.
The vaccine, which requires two doses, has been shown by tests to be 95% effective. Pfizer hopes to produce up to 50 million doses by the end of the year.
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vaccine advisory committee is set to meet on 10 December to discuss whether to authorize the vaccine.
Dr. Slaoui told CNN it could be rolled out “maybe on day two after approval”.
If these vaccines end up gaining the approval that is being sought, they will likely roll out to those who work in healthcare settings and so forth before anyone else has the chance to get them. According to the BBC, it will also be up to the states who will be given priority in regards to who will be allowed to get the vaccine when and if it is available. We can assume though that those who are deemed at risk will be there on the list of those who are going to be first in line.
What do you think about all of this and would you get the vaccine if you were given the chance? I for one am not too sure if I would or not. This kind of thing is quite controversial for a lot of reasons.