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4 Questions That Must Be Answered in the Race for a Vaccine

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By    |   Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:51 PM

As the COVID-19 death toll approaches 200,000 Americans, experts say that developing a safe and effective vaccine can help contain the spread of the virus and boost the economy. President Donald Trump and his administration launched Operation Warp Speed to help fund pharmaceutical companies and allow them to move forward in developing and testing vaccine candidates.

But experts warn that trying to accelerate the scientific process of creating a COVID-19 vaccine can present risks. According to Fortune, the following questions need to be addressed to ensure both safety and efficiency:

  1. Will safety issues arise that are not apparent in clinical trials? Recently, a participant in AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial developed neurological symptoms, temporarily stopping the trial, according to The New York Times. It would be “devastating to the nation’s health and confidence” if the COVID-19 vaccine causes negative side effects after millions of Americans are vaccinated, according to Fortune.
     
  2. How effective will the vaccine be in stopping the spread of COVID-19? While the Food and Drug Administration has set the bar for 50% effectiveness for the COVID-19 vaccine — similar to the efficacy of the flu vaccine — scientists hope that it will be greater than that.
     
  3. Will there be enough vaccine for everyone, and who gets priority? That’s a big question, say experts. According to The Hill, given the recommendation of two doses per person, we’ll need 462 million doses to achieve herd immunity and 660 million doses for the entire U.S. population. Healthcare workers and the more vulnerable populations should have priority in getting vaccinated, according to Fortune.
     
  4. If multiple vaccines are approved, how will we know which one is right for us? With so many companies in the race to develop vaccines, more than one will make the grade. Experts say that, like the flu vaccine, different formulations may prove more effective for some people than others. Your healthcare practitioner is  your best resource to help you decide, and “not pharmaceutical ads on television or word of mouth,” says Fortune.

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