Covid vaccines soon to be available to public

Hannah Adams
Staff Writer

Pfizer Inc. is one of many companies close to producing a Covid-19 vaccine to prevent the disease. After many trials on the vaccine they may have succeeded making it and this vaccine may become public during the next seven months. 

The vaccine Pfizer is working on has shown to be 90% successful in clinical trials and will take two doses to fully work. The injections also must be taken two weeks apart. The side effects to these injections will be: sore arms, muscle aches and fevers. These symptoms can last for days and are able to take you out of work and school.

According to Liz Szabo of NBC news, “Pfizer and its partner, the German company BioNTech, said Monday that their vaccine appears to protect 9 in 10 people from getting Covid-19, although they didn’t release underlying data. It’s the first of four Covid-19 vaccines in large-scale efficacy tests in the U.S. to have posted results.”

The expectations are that approximately 25 to 30 million Americans could be vaccinated each month going forward. There are multiple vaccines being created for Covid 19 but Pfizer was the first to announce test results. This corporation is a research-based global biopharmaceutical company. 

Moderna, an American pharmaceutical company, has also reported that they have a version of a vaccine that is currently showing a 95% success rate. The public may have their choice of multiple vaccines in the near future.

“And even if a vaccine proves 90 percent effective, the rate Pfizer touted for its product, 1 in 10 recipients would still be vulnerable,” said the NBC report. “Initial doses of any vaccine would be limited at first, but experts predict they may be widely available by the middle of next year.”

Initial vaccines may go to health care and other essential workers. Obviously, it may take many months for most of the general public to be vaccinated. During that time, the disease will continue to infect many people.

Scientists do need time to create a curable vaccine, it takes testing on people and hoping it works then fixing the tweaks in the vaccine. Although people may have contracted the virus in the past, the best thing to do right now while waiting for a publicly available vaccine is to follow safety protocols. If you do contract the virus, quarantine yourself and maintain distance to avoid infecting others in your household.

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