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Why Are People Giving So Much Importance to Covid-19 Vaccine?

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The COVID-19 or Corona Virus disease is already a pandemic and has effected millions or even billions of people from different part of the world. The disease is highly infectious, and there is no treatment for it till now. People, including the government, scientists and medical practitioners were now hoping for a COVID-19 vaccine to cure this pandemic. Different countries have already kickstarted the vaccine designing campaign with efficiency and faster procedures.

As per the report, nearly 100 vaccines are in the development stage. Some of them have already advanced to the human trial stage. The US government started its race against time to provide a fruitful vaccine for COVID-19 to the people in 2020 end. But, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, people need to stop being highly optimistic about a vaccine being released before 2021 ends.

As per the experts, the virus can only be stopped with “Herd Immunity“. It happens when more than 70% of people have been affected by the coronavirus. As a result, the rest of the humans automatically develop immunity against this virus. According to the epidemiologists, it is not a full-proof procedure, and millions of people will die before humans build herd immunity.

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Though the campaign to develop a COVID vaccine is in full-swing, epidemiologists are still not sure about the outcome. Preparing a vaccine is not an easy procedure, and it involves elaborately research snd countless human trials. If such a vaccine is discovered, it will be a new record in the history of human civilisation. And even if this impossible feat is achieved, producing vaccines in a mass scale will become difficult.

According to a prominent USA former health official, the vaccine may take time. Hence, countries and nations need to develop a comprehensive and effective strategy, including Covid tests, patient tracking, and possible treatment to minimise the death rate.

Some other experts have expressed their concerns over this fast-paced vaccine research. It is because the procedure and the vaccine may not be full-proof if it is done hurriedly. Amy loophole may increase casualties including public outrage, anti-vaccine sentiments, etc.  Additionally, a vaccine might not be beneficial to counter the virus and may offer relief for only a few years.

Recent Perspectives

An approved coronavirus vaccine won’t do any good if people aren’t willing to roll up their sleeves for it. — Editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Like an overly optimistic doctor, some policymakers are banking on a future vaccine that, at best, may arrive in 2021 while people are sick and dying now and the economy continues to be hobbled with an unclear path forward to stability. The tragedy is that there is a playbook that can reduce the number of cases and deaths right now. — Eric Schneider, Los Angeles Times

Dozens of approaches could serve as a valuable bridge, from repurposed drugs to bespoke antibody cocktails. None can replace the value of a vaccine in getting the world back to normal, but the availability of more treatment options for sick patients could help to increase the chances of a faster and fuller recovery, and reduce the lethality of the disease. — Max Nisen, Bloomberg

Thousands of Americans have already died as Donald Trump has perpetually postponed effective public health interventions and made poor therapeutic recommendations. We must be on alert to prevent him from corrupting the rigorous assessment of safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines in order to pull an October vaccine surprise to try to win re-election. — Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Paul A. Offit, New York Times

The excitement and enthusiasm for a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2020 is both palpable and understandable. … But there are risks that come with a fast-tracked vaccine delivered end of this year, not the least of which are the risks related to the safety of the vaccine itself. Telescoping testing timelines and approvals may expose all of us to unnecessary dangers related to the vaccine. — William A. Haseltine, Scientific American

Conclusion

The coronavirus is one of the deadliest pandemics that humans have experienced. The virus is spreading rapidly, and there is not a specific time frame to indicate that it will stop spreading anytime soon. Although multiple vaccine trials are going on, hoping too much for a vaccine is not a realistic approach. It is better to maintain social distancing with proper hygiene and protection until a suitable and effective vaccine is released.

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