The Nuts and Bolts of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2
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Imagine the day you can stop wearing a mask, or when you can gather indoors at your favorite restaurant again with friends and family for a celebratory meal. That day is coming...but only if we do what needs to be done today to keep ourselves, our families, our communities and our country healthy and safe. The groundbreaking cooperation between leading medical experts here in America and pharmaceutical companies globally has made a return to normal possible thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine. The speed of development was due to the sharing of research on a scale never attempted before – and every study, and every phase of every trial, was carefully reviewed and approved by a safety board and the FDA. The process was transparent and rigorous throughout, with continual oversight and expert approval. Data will continue to be collected two years after each vaccine is first administered to ensure that the long-term effects are safe.
Essential to emerging from a pandemic is developing 'herd immunity' – getting enough people immune to the infection so it can no longer spread. But throughout history, reaching herd immunity by getting infected has always taken an unacceptable human toll. The best and fastest way to return to normal and start to reverse the damage caused by lockdowns is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we can. Many people are skeptical or concerned about side effects, and we hear you. Good, evidenced-based information about the vaccine has been hard to come by, so we've put together the following FAQs to cut through the uncertainty.
The coronavirus pandemic is constantly changing. This information was last updated on April 5, 2021