A vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is perhaps the best way to end a disastrous 2020 and possibly end the pandemic in 2021. The coronavirus vaccination has already started in various countries, with the UK being the first and the United States following suit after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use authorization. The authorities aim to vaccinate around 100 million Americans by April.
In the meantime, as the excitement of the vaccine breakthrough is slightly beginning to wear off, people have started being skeptical about the vaccine’s safety or effectiveness, given its fast development and approval. Let’s see what experts have to say, shed some light on this hot topic and set the record straight about the biggest misconceptions and scary rumors regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
It’s not safe because it was developed too fast
It’s true that other vaccines took longer to develop but because of the global impact of the pandemic, many more pharmaceutical companies became involved in the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and invested incredible resources to have efficient results as soon as possible. “You could wait and say, ‘Lets’ develop a completely risk-free and absolutely safe vaccine.’ And in the meantime, people are dying. There are a lot of bad outcomes,” said epidemiologist Eyal Oren.
Just because the COVID-19 vaccine was created, tested and now used in less than a year since the pandemic started doesn’t mean that the manufacturing companies skipped the required safety protocols and tests.