LATELY, THERE’S BEEN AN immense amount of chatter in the media and in all corners of the internet about the speedy discovery of a vaccine for COVID-19, a potentially deadly disease caused by infection with the novel coronavirus. After all, the sooner we can develop and deploy a safe and effective vaccine, the sooner we can control the pandemic. However, the key words in any debate of any type of vaccine are “secure” and “accurate,” and given the astonishing scale at which the various vaccines being built are moving forward, these had raised concern as to whether the final result will be safe
As with any medication or medical intervention, each vaccine has possible side effects, and it is currently unclear what these may be. It’ll take some time to find out for sure, as there’s just no way to speed up how the human body will respond to a vaccine. This is why vaccines – including many coronavirus vaccines under development – must undergo several phases of testing before they can be accepted by the U.S. Health and Drug Administration of Canada. While most vaccines take about 5 and 10 years to develop, coronavirus vaccines have been reported to be available within 12 to 18 months of the pandemic. This is similar to the “warp speed” performance. Because of its need to triage, it may be a long time before anyone can go to their doctor’s office or a local drug store to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot just like you do with a seasonal flu shot.