The Latest

THE LATEST

THE LATEST THINKING

THE LATEST THINKING

The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

Don't Let Your Guard Down Because of Pfizer Vaccines

Armand Yazdani

Posted on December 13, 2020 19:07

3 users

Despite the release of the vaccines in the UK and the FDA's approval of Emergency Use Authorization, many Americans shouldn't expect vaccines for a while.

After the United Kingdom announced its first COVID-19- the Pfizer vaccine- many people rejoiced. The UK government vowed to release a mass immunization program, set to make 800,000 doses available next week. This news makes the UK the first government in the West to approve coronavirus vaccines. Despite this accomplishment, however, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that people oughtn’t “get their hopes up” yet, as vaccines will take months to fully reach vulnerable groups even in Britain. 

Despite the UK’s accomplishment, vaccines won’t even reach all Britons until months from now. And in many other countries in the world, vaccines are hardly a reality yet. By the time the bulk of doses do reach most of the population, there will still be vulnerable groups who remain unvaccinated. Therefore, although coronavirus vaccines are being released in the UK, people must remain wary of COVID-19. 

For many people, especially Americans, vaccines won’t arrive for a while. US health officials stated that most Americans most likely won’t receive vaccines until the middle of 2021. The Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer for Emergency Use Authorization on Dec. 11, which means the government will release 2.9 million doses within 24 hours followed by a second wave of 2.9 million doses after 21 days, for patients to receive a second shot. Officials said that 21 million American healthcare workers and 3 million elderly citizens in care homes should be among the first wave of recipients for the doses. But will still take months for vaccines to become widely accessible to the public. Americans who aren’t elderly, healthcare workers, essential workers will receive vaccines later, according to the Centers for Disease Control advisory panel. Although the release of the Pfizer vaccine is a major milestone, it doesn’t mean the coronavirus is going away. 

The speed of the distribution of vaccines will vary by state and health institution, with many organizations unprepared to provide people with doses. An analysis of plans in 47 states from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that most states failed to complete plans to improve delivery systems. Fewer than half of the states stated they felt they were able to identify all individuals eligible for the first wave of shots. And for racial and ethnic minorities, only 26% of the state plans precisely conferred on or considered how to make vaccines available for these minorities. Despite the Emergency Use Authorization granted by the FDA, Pfizer (and other companies’) vaccines won’t be widely available to most Americans for a while. 

Pfizer's milestone means millions more Americans will be able to be vaccinated more quickly, but people should still be cautious about the virus because most doses won’t arrive for months. Americans who don’t check the aforementioned at-risk categories shouldn’t expect vaccines for a while and they must try to stave off COVID-19 until their doses arrive. The early advent of Pfizer’s vaccines doesn’t mean the coronavirus is gone; it means its growth could decrease if everyone kept their guard up. 

Armand Yazdani

Posted on December 13, 2020 19:07

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Source: Upworthy

Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective in preventing Covid-19 infections, even in older adults, and caused no serious...

THE LATEST THINKING

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest