We May Get A Coronavirus Vaccine This Year. But It Probably Won’t Stop The Pandemic.
The world hopes that a Coronavirus vaccine will be ready by the end of 2020. But many scientists have stated that it might just be some hype. They say that although we might get a vaccine by the end of this year, in reality, the pandemic might not come to an end soon. According to these researchers, the hype is just outpacing the realistic situation.
Vaccine experts have declared that the first Coronavirus vaccine might not be effective enough to end the pandemic. We might have to live with the deadly virus for many years until there is a proper cure.
In the opinion of US health officials, the first large-scale human trial will get started this July. According to these officials, there will be some vaccine ready, and it could be distributed on a large scale by December 2020.
Anthony Fauci, chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, United States, is quite optimistic and confident about the arrival of the vaccine. He has predicted that around 100 million doses of a successful vaccine would be ready to be distributed by the month of November or December. By the start of 2021, it would increase to 200 million doses.
According to the New York Times, the White House’s Operation Warp Speed will be naming five companies that would lead the vaccine effort in the United States. And, these companies would be Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer.
A study conducted in May this year has proved that almost everyone who has recovered from the Coronavirus infection produces antibodies, which are known as SARS-CoV-2. This indicates that the Coronavirus can be fought using vaccination. From then onwards, the hopes for a vaccine began to get high.
The Coronavirus vaccine will probably be similar to your seasonal flu shots. But the Coronavirus vaccine will have to be administered every year, and at times, they will be just 30% effective in curbing the infection. Whereas, others like the measles vaccine will guarantee immunity for a lifetime once a person gets only two shots of it.
Peter Hotez, from Baylor College of Medicine, has stated that people have to be really careful about what they wish. He has also said that we have to learn from history, according to which, the first vaccines will usually have built-in obsolescence.
Right now, there are four different types of the Coronavirus vaccine under progress. Some of them are really promising, but the others are just hyped, as usual. China’s Sinovac Biotech firm is the only one that has published strong and reliable results. The vaccine that this firm has produced is based on the old-fashioned method of injecting a tiny amount of dead viruses into the body. This procedure will help the immune system fight efficiently against a real infection. According to Hotez, it is an “old school” vaccine.
Even though these vaccines simply reduce the severity of the deadly disease, it is still quite significant because they keep people away from hospitals and, most importantly, away from death.
Anthony Fauci is worried that people have to get frequent Coronavirus vaccine booster shots. But Hotez is not as concerned as Fauci. In February 2020, Fauci had stated that people who belonged to the higher-risk group (like older people) would be the first to get the vaccine.
As the November elections get closer, the Trump administration might introduce a vaccine that would not have completed the clinical trial. It could be an “October surprise” for the public. This is another one of those worries regarding the vaccine. This situation could be disastrous and bring down public confidence in vaccines to a great extent.
We can only wait for the vaccines to be rolled out. In this dire situation, we need to be both careful and courageous.