Never has there been a greater urgency to find a vaccine than during the Covid19 pandemic. The rush to create the Covid-19 vaccine was unprecedented, scientist across the globe worked together to formulate a vaccine and change the dynamics of the pandemic that has wreaked havoc across nations. A vaccine usually takes years in development, but governments and pharmaceutical companies collaborated for expediated trials & authorisations.
On November 18, 2020, Pfizer announced positive results from an interim analysis and on 10 December 2020 reported an overall efficacy of 95%. The first Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine for COVID-19 was given to a 90-year-old woman in Coventry, United Kingdom outside of trial conditions in early December 2020. On December 11, 2020, the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 16 years of age and older.
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine against Covid19 is given in two doses 3 weeks apart. The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine that has both synthetic, or chemically produced, components and enzymatically produced components. Unlike a traditional vaccine that uses inactivated, dead, or portions of actual virus to spur an immune response, mRNA delivers a message to your body’s cells via a lipid nanoparticle envelope that instructs the cells to generate the spike protein found on the surface of a coronavirus that initiates infection.
So far, the side effects of the Pfizer vaccine are known to be minimal and range from injection site pain, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, injection site swelling, injection site redness, nausea, feeling unwell and swollen lymph nodes. The possibility of severe adverse reactions has not been seen after vaccinations, however if a candidate suffers from adverse allergic reactions, they should seek medical help immediately. The vaccine is still under trials thus serious and unexpected side effects may occur.
As of 11th of February 2021, according to the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 65.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered and 44.7 million administered across the US. This is a tally for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines that are currently being administered.
The only way to fight against coronavirus is to stay safe and practice social distancing till everybody is vaccinated.
*Rapid COVID-19 testing, and vaccination is now being offered by multiple outlets across the country including Deliver My Meds in Long Island, New York.