Although it sounded only like a bad joke several months ago, COVID-19 will also be around in 2021 for plenty of time. Many countries are still struggling with large numbers of infections with the coronavirus, and different restrictions had to be imposed. Luckily enough, vaccines became available to the world, and authorities were eager to approve them for many countries.
The USA remains the hardest-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, as it currently counts a total of almost 20 million infections and over 346,000 deaths.
Matthew W. tests positive for COVID-19 after vaccination
Nypost.com brings the news about ER nurse Matthew W., who tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing the usual symptoms: chills, body aches, and fatigue. Only eight days before, the nurse took the vaccine developed by Pfizer. Matthew W. is 45 years old, and he works at two hospitals from San Diego.
Dr Christian Ramers, who is an infectious disease specialist with Family Health Centers of San Diego, explained what caused the apparently impossible situation:
We know from the vaccine clinical trials that it’s going to take about 10 to 14 days for you to start to develop protection from the vaccine,
That first dose we think gives you somewhere around 50%, and you need that second dose to get up to 95 percent.
Ramers also came to rebuke the exaggerated optimism of some people regarding the long-awaited vaccine for COVID-19:
You hear health practitioners being very optimistic about it being the beginning of the end, but it’s going to be a slow roll, weeks to months as we roll out the vaccine.
The vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech was also approved in the European Union, and all of the 27 countries began the rollout of the drug.