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Should We Be Excited About a Covid Vaccine?

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 6, 2020 22:28

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Either vaccines will eradicate Covid-19 and boost confidence in the economy, or fear and increasing case counts will continue to plague America into 2021.

Although there hasn’t been much about which to be optimistic this year, there has been a lot of buzz about the possibility of a Covid-19 vaccine being made available before 2021. Back in March, only the most optimistic projections had pharmaceuticals developing a viable vaccine in 2020, as the economy was diving into the abyss and tens of millions of Americans were becoming unemployed. Now, the pertinent question is "Will the widespread administering of vaccines eradicate Covid-19 and boost confidence in the economy, making 2021 a year of growth and prosperity, or will fear associated with increasing case counts continue to plague America into the new year?"

Thanks to Moderna and Pfizer, there is promise in a new kind of vaccine never before approved for use on humans. It works by injecting messenger RNA into muscle tissue, which contains instructions for assembling a specific protein that’s found on the coronavirus. This protein should invoke the body’s immune response to produce antibodies to the virus.

If this vaccine is proven to be effective, it will go a long way toward invigorating people’s spirits and instilling confidence in the economy, resulting in a much-needed boost for President Trump. However, the timing of all this is unfortunate because the entire vaccine conversation has become highly politicized. Kamala Harris was asked whether or not she would take a vaccine that was distributed under Trump’s watch, and she said that she would not trust Trump’s word on the safety and efficacy of a Covid-19 vaccine that was approved before Election Day.

Unfortunately, this indicates that if Trump wins the election, then he and his administration’s efforts to promote a vaccine will be perceived as trying to cut corners and rush the process for Trump’s political expediency. This would be a hypocritical critique on the part of Democrats, as the virus that they perceive to be such a threat to American lives would potentially claim more lives than necessary if they attempt to derail the distribution of any vaccine that Trump’s administration promotes.

Having said all that, the bar for an effective vaccine has been set pretty low, as the FDA has told pharmaceuticals that their vaccines would need to protect only 50% of their test subjects to be considered effective. If, let’s say, the pharmaceuticals can’t do much better than that, then the concern becomes to what degree the vaccines will actually stop the spread of the virus. When you factor in the variable that many people will also undoubtedly decide not to take any vaccine for various reasons (especially if it’s not highly effective), then one has to wonder whether the development of vaccines (at least the initial ones) will actually spark an economic and spiritual rebirth in America. 

Some experts warn that the impending cold weather will increase the spread of the virus yet again in the coming months, which may cause states and municipalities to shut down once again. Let’s hope that effective vaccines stop that from happening.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 6, 2020 22:28

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