By Devanshi Thakkar
The COVID-19 vaccine is on course to become the fastest-developed vaccine in history. Which also definitely doesn’t mean the process is leaving out any critical steps.
Progress Covid-19 vaccine has been remarkable no doubt, but promising clinical trials have resulted into successful vaccination programs which will require in overcoming a new set of challenges with the thought of the “Public confidence in vaccination is fragile.”
Vaccination programs of covid will succeed only if there is widespread belief that available vaccines are safe and effective and that policies for prioritizing their distribution are equitable and evidence-based. “After all Trust is always earned, it can not be bought”.
Trust in science and expertise are threatened. Relying on nonpartisan government scientists and their expert advisors with the processes that have served U.S. vaccination-related activities exceedingly well for generations would provide the best chance for Covid-19 vaccines to realize the high hopes for the current public health crisis. Nevertheless NTC is here to update you about the most awaited worldwide news.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted saying: “Help is on its way. The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.”
The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.
The British regulator, MHRA told about the vaccine, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, and is safe for roll out next week. And Immunisations could start within days for people in high priority groups.
The UK has already ordered 40m doses – enough to vaccinate 20m people, with two shots each. Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.
It is the fastest ever vaccine which won the race in only 10 months with all the same 7developmental steps which normally needs a span of decades.
The main query of the public has been discussed priorly, keeping every situation in mind and experts have drawn up a provisional priority list. Top ones on the list are care home residents and staff, followed by other health and social care workers and people who are over the age of 80.
They will receive the first stocks of the vaccine as soon as till next week. Mass immunisation of everyone above the age 50, as well people with pre-existing health conditions.
Experts said “Although the vaccination can start distributing, people still need to remain vigilant and follow coronavirus rules to stop the spread.” Which means sticking with the social distancing rule and wearing face masks before you step out, and testing yourself for covid19 if you may have the symptoms. And isolating yourselves for your own sake and for the loved ones. Let that sink in.