COVID Vaccine on the Horizon by Aiden Bear

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    Four major drug companies are in the last stages of making a COVID-19 vaccine. The drugmaker AstraZeneca has done last-stage clinical trials conducted in the United Kingdom and brazil. It was shown that their COVID-19 vaccine was only 70.4% effective A  British-Swedish company has been developing a COVID-19 vaccine with the University of Oxford. They were the third major drug company to announce a vaccine this month. They said their vaccine is 95% effective. Pfizer and BioNTech say they are in the third phase of making their vaccine and through the analysis, data shows that the vaccine is 95% effective. In Europe, Johnson & Johnson has started a rolling submission with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The big question is how will this be distributed and more importantly, who will get it first.  According to the Washington Post, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has stated, “The first doses of a coronavirus vaccine should be given to an estimated 21 million health-care workers and 3 million residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities, a federal advisory panel recommended Tuesday afternoon.” A COVID vaccine would change everything about the world as we know it now. It will be good for the elderly and good for our social life. There will be less of a chance to get it in public and you’ll be able to go back to life as we knew a year and a half ago.

    Sources Cited

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html

    https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-conclude-phase-3-study-covid-19-vaccine

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/12/01/vaccine-priority-groups-covid/