If you are among those numerous people who wouldn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may change your mind after you see the US President-elect Joe Biden as he gets the drug on live TV. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved in the US recently, and an additional supply of 100 million doses will become available in the world’s most affected country by the ongoing pandemic.
A total of over 330,000 people died in the US because of COVID-19, and the numbers will keep growing. Thousands of people die every day in the country, and the vaccine’s approval is seen as the best chance humanity has in the face of the pandemic.
Joe Biden is very grateful for the vaccine
Joe Biden seems very happy about getting the vaccine, and you can check out the relevant footage below:
Joe Biden gets a coronavirus vaccine shot, then says, "We owe these folks a lot. The scientists and the people who put this together, the frontline workers, the people what were the ones that did the clinical work." pic.twitter.com/b3ieZTjxn1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 21, 2020
The US President-elect also declared:
It’s worth saying that this is a great hope. I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared, when it’s available, to take the vaccine.
Joe Biden previously announced his intent to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s nice to see that the new President of the US was faithful to his word:
This is about saving lives,
I look forward to receiving the vaccine publicly on Monday and continuing to build confidence in the scientific process. Vaccines don’t save lives, vaccinations do.
Tabe Mase is the name of the nurse practitioner who gave Joe Biden the COVID-19 vaccine at the Christiana Hospital from Newark, Delaware. Even during the clinical trials, the vaccine developed by Pfizer reported 95% efficacy.
There could be side effects
Nytimes.com recently wrote about two healthcare workers from the same hospital in Alaska who developed unpleasant reactions after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine created by Pfizer. One of the two patients had to remain hospitalized for a day.
One of the workers, a middle-aged woman who had no medical history of allergies, had an anaphylactic reaction 10 minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. She had to deal with shortness of breath, a rash over her face and torso, and an elevated heart rate. The other worker developed lightheadedness, eye puffiness, and a scratchy throat 10 minutes after receiving the shot of the coronavirus vaccine.
The healthcare officials said that transparency was the argument for sharing the information and that the two cases will not disrupt the plans for vaccine rollout.
Can the new strain of COVID-19 bypass the vaccine?
A new strain of the coronavirus has emerged in the UK recently and caused a lot of concerns. However, there’s no reason to believe that the COVID-19 vaccine won’t do its job against the virus’s new variant.
An assistant professor named Vin Gupta and who works at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington gives us all great news. He says that the vaccine will do well against the newly discovered strain of the coronavirus. He explains that emerging strains will be genetically similar to prior ones in most cases. Gupta also stated:
There is a strong belief here that the vaccine, as it exists today … will have effectiveness in warding off infection from this new strain in England, in addition to the old strain that we’ve been contending with for months now.
The US was among the first countries that approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19, as the others were Canada and the UK. Meanwhile, the same vaccine was approved for the entire European Union.