Coronavirus, Are We Close to a Vaccine?

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The Coronavirus has swept the world off of its feet. It has ruined lives, businesses, and economies and that leaves people wondering, how close are we to a vaccine? First, let’s look at how serious the virus really is. 

According to the CDC website, the first major spike in deaths in America came from March 21st to April 18th. In March, the deaths that day were only 571 and on the 18th there were 17,048 deaths. However, the deaths per day have never exceeded that number, in fact, only 298 deaths happened on the 9th of September, 2020.

In an interview done by John Hopkins University’s vice dean for public health practice and community engagement Josh Sharfstein, Ruth Karron, who leads the Center for Immunization Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is one of the top vaccine experts in the world, serving on vaccine committees for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said this about whether or not we will get a vaccine soon.

“There are some very encouraging developments. We have a few vaccines now that will go into Phase 3 clinical trials, also known as efficacy trials. That means that those vaccines have passed certain goalposts in terms of initial evaluations of safety and immune response such that they can be evaluated in larger trials.” 

There is no specific time for when this virus will be set out to the public, but it will be sooner than later.

In fact, President Trump, after talking to the head of Pfizer, had this to say about how close we are to a Coronavirus vaccine:

“They expect to have the results of the trial very very shortly, next month but very shortly. We remain on track to have a vaccine by the end of the year and maybe before November first.”

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Many people are doing their part in stopping the spread of COVID, and if we keep doing that, we will have the vaccine in no time. Wear your mask and try to be as socially distant as possible, and if we do that, we will be out of this pandemic and back to living our normal lives.