Historical efforts to prevent the pandemic began in the US, with the first shipment of the Covid-19 (Corona virus) vaccine departing via trucks and ships on Sunday morning. The administration initially sent the vaccine to about 600 locations.
More than 2400 people in the US are losing their lives every day due to the corona epidemic. To curb this, the US has approved the emergency use of the Corona vaccine developed in joint partnership with British company Pfizer and its German partner BioNtech SE.
The first dose of the vaccine will be given on Monday. Firstly, the vaccine will be administered twice to the health workers and elderly people who are battling to save people from the corona virus epidemic in the country.
Workers wearing masks at the Michigan-based Pfizer Ink Factory began packing the first batch of vaccines in dry ice packets just after 6.30 a.m. Sunday. Boxes of refrigerated vaccines from the company’s Kalamazu facility were started in trucks at 8.30 am.
Security officers wearing body armor in pickup trucks and an SUV were deployed to protect these trucks. These boxes were loaded into cargo planes, which flew to deliver them to different parts of the country.
American hospitals are preparing to put the vaccine on their first dose on Monday, but it may take months for most Americans to get doses available for the Covid-19 vaccine. US Operation Warp Speed Chief Advisor Dr. Monkf Sloey told Fox News, “About 30 percent of the American population, or more than 100 million people, will be immunized by the end of March.”
Even then, the country would be far from acquiring herd immunity that would prevent the spread of the virus, so masks and protocols of social distancing would have to be followed for several months to prevent the pandemic from exploding suddenly. Health workers will also have to overcome the reluctance created by the general public about the new vaccine. Most Americans believe that vaccines produced at a record pace can be a threat to their health.
According to a Reuters / IPSOS poll survey, 61 percent of US citizens agreed to take the vaccine. In a large-scale clinical trial, Pfizer’s vaccine was 95% successful in disease prevention, but it has not yet been revealed whether it prevents infection from people who have taken the vaccine dose.