Both pharmaceutical companies have produced doses that evidence a 95% efficacy rate. If the Food and Drug Administration approves emergency submission for either candidate, clinicians will be trained on how to store and regulate the selected dose before the end of the year.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will subsequently alert medical facilities that doses are safe to distribute to the general public.
Special mRNA technology has accelerated the trial process, leading many public health officials to champion COVID-19 vaccination research as one of the most important immunization breakthroughs of the last 50 years.
Nonetheless, convincing enough US citizens to receive vaccine doses to support herd immunity–and ultimately the novel coronavirus’s suppression–may prove to be a challenge.
In order to facilitate a successful defense against SARS-CoV-2, subjects will need to receive two vaccine shots at varying intervals.
Recent data from a CDC advisory panel suggest that a vaccine may induce symptoms similar to a hangover in some and mild-COVID-19 in others.
More discreetly, trial samples have reported high fever, body aches, intense headaches, and exhaustion.
It should be noted that, for the majority of patients, these symptoms subside after a day.
“We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park,” Dr.Fryhofer said during a virtual meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, an outside group of medical experts that advise the CDC. She also serves as a liaison to the committee. “They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they’ve got to come back for that second dose.”
Adverse reactions to vaccine doses are by no means novel occurrences. It’s just that COVID-19 has made hitherto unregarded public health concerns more accessible.
Patsy Stinchfield, a Children’s Minnesota nurse practitioner, told CNBC that officials and drugmakers should try reframing the narrative in order to downplay what is already a typical pathology for vaccination candidates.
Most experts are in agreement that enduring a day of discomfort is more than worth the reward of curbing the most destructive pandemic in recent history.
“Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed,” The CDC concluded. “Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the coronavirus task force, predicts that the average American probably won’t have access to a vaccine until April, May, or June of 2021.