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Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Is 90% Effective

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A huge sigh of relief could be heard after Pfizer and BioNTech announced successful interim data on the effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine. Almost immediately, work has started on distributing their experimental vaccine, but it won’t be anytime soon that the vaccine will be available to local pharmacies and the general public.

When Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their COVID-19 vaccine was 90% effective in preventing COVID-19, U.S. stock markets hit an all-time high. However, the company is still awaiting data on the safety of the vaccine’s use which will hopefully arrive later this month.

Once Pfizer and BioNTech get approval from the respective regulatory bodies and start shipping the vaccines, they will go to those who need them most, such as healthcare workers and the elderly who are more likely to die. because of the new coronavirus.

However, Reuters reports that the vaccine should be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius (-94 F) or below.

“The cold chain is going to be one of the most difficult aspects of administering this vaccination,” said Amesh Adalja, principal investigator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

“It will be a challenge in any setting because hospitals, even in big cities, do not have storage facilities for a vaccine at this ultra-low temperature.”

Most prestigious hospitals, even in the United States, do not currently have this capability.

“We are talking about a vaccine that needs to be stored at minus 70 or 80. It is a huge logistical problem not only in the United States but outside the western world,” said Dr Gregory Poland, virologist and vaccine researcher. at the Mayo Clinic. Reuters.

In other news

According to media reports, Anganwadi centers, schools and panchayat buildings will be used as vaccination sites for the coronavirus inoculation campaign in India. This campaign will be monitored by the Union Ministry of Health’s digital platform and the government plans to keep track of beneficiaries using text messages and QR codes.

“Vaccination sites will not be limited to health facilities alone. Such centers would also be installed at Anganwadi centers, schools, panchayat buildings and other facilities as identified by state governments, ”a source said. PTI.

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