Now that a vaccine for COVID-19 has been created, it’s only a matter of time and resources until everyone (who wants to be) is vaccinated. The top priority now is to decide the order that the vaccine is distributed. Due to differences in people’s health conditions, it’s crucial for those with increased risk to be vaccinated. Let’s check out what the latest coronavirus news from StreamMD has to say about it.
In This Article:
- Different Types of Vaccines for COVID-19
- Will the Vaccines Provide Long-Term Protection?
- The Target Group
- What Does This Mean for the People?
Coronavirus News: Vaccine a New Hope for Humanity
Thanks to modern technology, scientists and researchers have made some incredible breakthroughs in the medical field; one of them is creating a vaccine that can potentially end the whole pandemic. This is undoubtedly the best coronavirus news you’ve heard.
Vaccines typically need years of researching and testing before they can officially reach the clinic. As time is something that we could not afford to waste in 2020, that’s when scientists and healthcare professionals embarked on the race against time to produce effective and safe vaccines for coronavirus.
The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S has shown promising results as it boosts the immunity of the people being injected. Researchers are currently testing about 65 vaccines in the trials on humans, and 20 have already reached the last testing stages. This means they are ready to be mass-produced if the final result meets the passing requirement. Additionally, at least 90 more preclinical vaccines are under investigation and being tested on animals.
Scientists in the US and all around the world are working day and night to develop an effective vaccine for the ever-changing virus.
Different types of COVID-19 vaccines include:
Viral vector vaccines, using a virus that has been genetically modified to resist disease but release coronavirus proteins to create an immune response safely.
Weakened or inactivated virus vaccines, using the same virus that has been weakened or inactivated so that it does not hurt or inflict damage to the body but also helps to produce an immune response.
DNA and RNA vaccines, this approach uses cutting-edge technology to genetically modify DNA OR RNA to produce a protein that itself safely prompts immune responses.
Protein-based vaccines, using harmless fragments of proteins or protein shells that resemble the COVID-19 virus to produce an immune response safely.
Will the Vaccines Provide Long-Term Protection?
This will be hard for a scientist to answer, as it’s too early to be sure. Further additional research is required to answer the question entirely. Fortunately, it can be encouraged that the available data suggest that most people who recover from COVID-19 have developed an immune response to it. This means that there is at least some periodical protection against reinfection for them.
The Target Group
As there won’t be enough vaccines to inject to everyone at once, making a list of priorities is therefore essential. On December 3, 2020, CDC made some recommendations for the list of who will be getting the vaccine first. The priority is as follows.
Frontline essential workers like police officers, corrections officers, firefighters, food and agricultural workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, US postal service workers, manufacturing workers, and people working in the educational sector.
People aged 75 years and older, due to their weak immunity and high risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
People aged 65 to 74 years because of their higher risk of illness and hospitalization. And they are also long-term care facilities residents.
People aged 16 to 64 with underlying medical conditions have the potential to increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
Other essential workers. People who work in logistics, food service, transportation, construction, law, IT, communication, public health, public safety, media, and energy.
What Does This Mean for the People?
Following the CDC’s recommendation, government officials have also recommended expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines to everyone who is 65 and older. Additionally, adults with underlying health conditions that may raise the risk for COVID-19 complications should be included at the top of the list.
This is a promising solution for many states’ current conditions across the US, as there has been a rise in the number of people coming down with COVID-19. And one of the best ways to prevent it from getting out of hand is to provide the people the protection they need to fight against the pandemic.
As vaccine availability increases, the vaccination recommendation will potentially expand to include more groups. And the best protection you can have right now is to continue following the precautions – wear masks, avoid direct contact, wash your hands with sanitizer, and maintain social distancing.
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