After months of struggle and hard work, finally, a safe and effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus has been developed by scientists. However, this incident will be marked as one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved the vaccine developed Pfizer-BioNTech, BNT162b2 for emergency use in the US.
The vaccine is said to provide active immunization and prevent individuals from contracting the Covid-19 virus. Pfizer claimed that their vaccine proved to be 95 percent effective against the virus in the clinical trials. 170 volunteers actively participated in the clinical trial of the vaccine.
All the volunteers were from different age groups, gender, race, and ethnic demography. For adults more than 65 years of age, the vaccine proved to be 94 percent effective.
Efficacy of the Vaccine
The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech contains messenger RNA, which is the genetic material. Small pieces of SARS-CoV-2 virus mRNA has been added to the vaccine that will instruct the cells in the human body to make distinctive spike protein like the virus.
However, for any individual who will receive the dozes of the vaccine, their cells will produce copies of the spike protein. This spike protein will act as a trigger in the human immune system and fight against the virus cells that will enter the body.
Henceforth, thus providing immunity against SARS-CoV-2. The vaccine needs extremely cold storage and dry surrounding. Each individual will have to receive five dozes of the vaccine in order to get full immunization against the virus.
The Distribution Strategy
A lot of surveys have been done in hospitals and health centers across the country regarding vaccination. It seems our doctors, front-line workers, and health workers have a positive reaction to vaccination.
Moreover, the first vaccine shots will be provided to doctors, nurses, medical staff, front liners, and all those who directly come in contact with Covid patients. Dr. Gregory Huhn, an infectious disease physician from Cook Country said that he is completely ready to get vaccinated and he is looking forward to it.
However, Dr. Huhn has been made in charge of vaccination rollout in his hospital. The vaccination program in his hospital will begin within three days of receiving the vaccines. He said he will first start vaccinating first tier employees- the doctors and front-line workers.
Rush University Medical Center has planned to vaccinate almost 1000 health care workers in a day. They will be given the vaccine dozes in the hospital pod and lobby.
Over there, medical students and doctors will the first ones to receive the vaccine shots. Doctors at Rush University were extremely emotional and said that they have been waiting for this moment for months. Finally, all the frustration and fear of the virus will be diminished once they receive the dozes.
Henceforth, people are nervous as well as excited about the vaccine distribution. Everything is going to be new, so there is a lot of pressure as well. However, everything is moving at a fast pace, and still, there is no news of any reactions or side effects of the vaccine.