More than a year ago, coronavirus emerged on the face of the earth. Although the world has battled – got injured and wasted – to defeat the coronavirus, many people around the countries are still vulnerable. And that calls for the requirement of a vaccine.
However, we cannot just trust any vaccine. A vaccine provides immunity, but if it is not well-researched and well-tested, it can impose other side effects that can worsen the situation. That is why it is equally important to have the safest and the most influential vaccine possible.
Usually, it takes years of research, development, and testing for scientists and medical experts to create a finalized vaccine that can provide immunity and doesn’t impose any side effects. However, in the case of coronavirus, the fatality rate was beyond estimation, which created intense panic and increased chaos worldwide. Thus, the global communities of scientists practically raced each other to develop the most efficient coronavirus vaccine. Around eighty-nine vaccines were created and put up on the table for research, and 20 of them reached the final stage of testing.
Currently, countries are setting up vaccination camps to carry out the phases of testing for vaccines that are approved by their Government. In the United States, vaccination camps are testing different vaccines in Phase 3 to test the efficacy and safety rate of the vaccines.
Medical experts in the US have developed three vaccines so far: Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer-BioNTech – developed by a collaboration of the US and Germany.
Vaccines Authorized and Recommended In the US
Some vaccines in the US are authorized and recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and prioritized candidates – Covid-19 positives and very sick people – can get vaccinated. CDC has released a statement clarifying the names and background of each approved vaccine and its ingredients, along with what to expect after vaccination.
Currently, the US government has authorized two vaccines for immunity against coronavirus. These are the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and Moderna.
Vaccines in Phase 3
Phase 3 refers to the third and last phase of clinical trials in which the efficacy and safety rate of vaccine is judged, after which it gets approved and supplied to clinics around the country in a limited quantity – a process called limited approval.
In December 2020, the US government commenced a large-scale Phase 3 to try the vaccines which are not approved yet. These vaccines are AstraZeneca, developed in the UK; Janssen’s, developed in Belgium; and Novavax, a US-made vaccine.
CDC’s promising statements provide a hint that in a couple of months, a qualified vaccine will reach the complete stage of approval, and everyone will be able to get vaccinated for coronavirus. Till then, only the prioritized candidates will be able to take advantage of a limited approval. People with doubts about their condition can get tested for Covid-19 and be sure.
If you aren’t sure about your vaccine priority, get your appointment scheduled right now for a free 15-minute rapid Covid-19 test.