The hero of COVID times has come! …….But can it be trusted?
By, Zahra Sanoj, 12 Years, Doha College, Qatar
‘I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus,’ tweeted U.S. President Joe Biden after his immunisation.
Panic has been widespread since the onset of the COVID pandemic. But relief has been palpable since vaccines were announced. Can they be trusted though?
The first covid vaccine was approved in the United Kingdom in December 2020 and given to 90-year-old Margaret Keener. Since then, multiple companies have been manufacturing vaccines; Pfizer-BioNtech, AstraZeneca and Moderna are some examples. Dr. Azad Moopen (Chairman of Aster DM Medicare) said, “Covid vaccines are definitely effective - it is scientifically proven through human trials''. His opinion was that “this is the most potent tool” to help alleviate this crisis. He also goes on to warn, “It should be clearly understood that taking the vaccine shouldn't make us lower our guard.”
No vaccine is 100% effective and these vaccines are not any different. A possible side effect could be getting a cold or fever which is the reaction of the body to the vaccine, but a more severe complication could occur in patients with allergies. Dr Moopen explains their efficacy further, “The Pfizer vaccine provides around 95% protection whereas the AstraZeneca provides only 70%.” He also mentions that it takes another month after the vaccination to be fully protected, reminding us to be cautious.
Only time will tell whether the vaccines will be effective.
Do you know what efficacy means? It is the ability to produce a desired or intended result.
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