Will there be a COVID-19 vaccine soon?

With a vaccine on the horizon one wonders, just how much longer is this pandemic going to last?

With a vaccine on the horizon one wonders, just how much longer is this pandemic going to last?

Jacob Reiter, Staff Writer

Several attempts at a vaccine or a cure for COVID-19 have been made since the pandemic started late last year. Since we’re still in the pandemic, it’s obvious none of them have been successful. However, a new vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has proven to be extremely effective. The company released their trial data which showed that those who received two injections three weeks apart experienced 90 percent fewer cases than the group that received the placebo injection. The vaccine studies the company is running is entering its final stages, but the researchers have warned the public that the vaccine at this point in time may only be 60 or 70 percent effective. The FDA has a regulation that a company can’t request an emergency use authorization of the vaccine until half of their patients have been observed for two months after receiving treatment, which should be some time next week during the writing of this article. The most important piece of information that should be taken from this trial is that Pfizer’s vaccine isn’t a cure; people who already have severe cases that cause hospitalization and death likely won’t be helped by the vaccine. The only recorded side-effects of the vaccine have been aches and fevers, but this is no worse than any typical flu shot. Although this vaccine would greatly help in ending the pandemic a question can be raised, what if some parents or individuals don’t want to vaccinate their child or themselves. With how emergency distribution of vaccines work this roadblock can be completely circumvented because of the 14th amendment giving states the power to enforce mandatory administering of a vaccine when deemed necessary by proper health organizations. If I am not mistaken, once 60 or 70 percent of the general population has immunity to COVID, then we will have what’s called herd immunity, which is where so many people are immune to a virus that the likelihood of it spreading becomes slim to none. Possible ways the vaccine could be distributed is the same way we have COVID test stations now, with people driving in to get the vaccine in their own car, minimizing the spread of COVID to others. Hopefully the vaccine will be approved for emergency distribution by the FDA and this pandemic will finally come to a close given just a few more months’ time.