Coronavirus CODVID-19 Vaccine
The Covid-19 vaccine we all have been waiting for could be made available in a matter of weeks. Yesterday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they have finally developed a vaccine that has been “ found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis “ This news was greeted with great cheers across the world and most especially here in the UK.
HOW EFFECTIVE COULD IT BE?
This vaccine requires that two doses, three weeks apart be administered.Trials in the US, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Turkey showed 90% protection was achieved seven days after the second dose. This is by no means the final analysis as more studies are being carried out and more data being processed.
WHEN WILL IT BECOME AVAILABLE?
Pfizer and BioNTech say they will have enough safety data by the third week of November to take their vaccine to regulators. The FDA in America is already prepared to start working through the safety data as soon as they are made available to them.Individual countries can approve the vaccine for use in their countries but for a global use, the World Health Organization would have to grant its approval first.
Pfizer and BioNTech say they will be able to supply 50 million doses by the end of this year and around 1.3 billion by the end of 2021.
The UK should get 10 million doses by the end of the year, with a further 30 million doses already ordered.
WHO WOULD GET IT FIRST?
Because there will be a limited quantity available, the most vulnerable in the society would be prioritized. It is expected that the elderly, hospital staff and care home workers will be at the top of the list but a final decision is yet to be made.
ANY POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS?
Currently, there is insufficient data but it is thought that the general side effects could be similar to the ones you get from the flu jab such as slight fever,aches,numbness.As more data is filtered through, we shall keep you updated.
Whilst this represents a significant breakthrough in the fight against Coronavirus(Covid-19), we are still expected to observe the current safety measures such keeping the 2 meter distance, wearing of face masks/face coverings, washing of hands and use of hand sanitzers.
Prime Health Pharmacy will keep you up to date as we get more information.