As the coronavirus has infected more than fifty million people worldwide, the Pfizer COVID vaccine, having more than 90 % effectiveness, has brought some good news to the masses. In the interim analysis, the experts found out that the trial candidates who were given the vaccines are 90% safe, a number which no one expected.
The successful clinical trial of the Pfizer COVID vaccine has raised the hopes of the world, as vaccines can now be available for the public worldwide before the end of this year. It is a great day for science, as reaching this milestone was never an easy task.
The United States of America is the worst-affected country globally, with more than 100 million infected people and almost 250 thousand deaths. However, as Biden won the Presidential election of the USA, he has managed to keep up his promise of tackling COVID-19.
The development of the vaccine will be encouraging for the Biden administration as it will positively impact the economy. More people are likely to invest in the market seeing the COVID-19 path forward, which will be a good indicator for President-elect Joe Biden’s plan of nourishing the economy.
Similarly, the businesses that remained closed most of 2020 are also likely to be opened by the owners, seeing the opportunity, which will bring back employment to the masses once again. Not only this, but the American influence will also increase in the world, as America will be the only country in the world having the vaccine for the pandemic, which will result in countries coming closer to the United States to get the vaccine.
The US can exercise its foreign influence further by capitalizing on the vaccine. The distribution of the vaccine will therefore be a challenge for the Biden administration. Will all the Americans be vaccinated first, or will the vaccine be given to the whole world immediately? Will the Biden administration be able to give vaccines to the most marginalized people of the United States on a priority basis? These are the questions that are still unanswered.
Is Prifzer COVID vaccine a success of the Trump administration?
Just when this great news regarding the vaccine development program arose, the incumbent, President Donald Trump, took all the credit for it by taking over the social media outlets.
However, he has nothing to capitalize on as vaccines came after the elections, and he is in no position to grab votes on the name of the vaccine.
In fact, the Pfizer officials refuted the claims of the president and his daughter, Ivanka Trump. Dr. Kathrin Jansen, the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, said that they “were never part of the Warp Speed (the operation of developing the vaccine by Trump)” and had “never taken any money from the US government, or from anyone.”
How will this Pfizer COVID vaccine help the Biden-Harris administration, and what steps is Biden taking to put the final nail in the coffin of the contagious disease? Are these things enough to eradicate COVID from the world? Let’s have a look.
Biden’s COVID-19 task force:
In his bid to build back a better America, Biden promised that tackling COVID would be one of the first things that he will do after winning the elections. As he has now won the presidential election, he constituted the COVID-19 Advisory Board. that will help him to tackle the menace of the coronavirus.
Dr. David Kessler:
A famous pediatrician, Dr. David Kessler will play a vital role in Biden’s advisory board. He has experience working with different governments, notably George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be the co-chair of the advisory committee mandated to tackle the COVID crisis.
Dr. Vivek Murthy:
The 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who served the US under the Obama administration, will also have a voice in solving the coronavirus crisis as the Pfizer COVID vaccine shows encouraging signs for the doctors.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith:
With numerous contributions to marginalized people’s welfare, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is one of the well-accomplished doctors in the United States. Currently serving as Associate Professor at Yale University, she will co-chair the President-elect’s COVID advisory board to develop the solutions to save the world from the prevailing COVID crisis.
Apart from all of these three co-chairs, numerous members have also been named in the COVID advisory board of the Biden administration. These members include:
- Luciana Borio
- Rick Bright
- Ezekiel Emanuel
- Atul Gawande
- Celine Gounder
- Julie Morita
- Michael Osterholm
- Loyce Pace
- Robert Rodriguez
- Eric Goosby
Will the Prifzer COVID vaccine be the end of coronavirus?
Whether or not the Pfizer COVID vaccine will be a game-changer to bring the world out from the persistent crisis is an entirely different debate. The availability of the COVID vaccine will not solve the crisis in its entirety.
As a matter of fact, the accessibility of the vaccine will also be an equally important issue that has to be tackled by the Biden administration. Not only the Americans, but the whole world must be vaccinated due to the contagious nature of the disease. So, as long as a major portion of the world is not vaccinated, chances of COVID going away are reduced due to the contagious nature of the disease.
In his bid to build back a better America, Biden also said that he would implement the mask mandate, under which every citizen of the United States has to wear a mask. Although the move seems ambitious, it faced severe criticism from many circles, as people opined that this would be a privacy invasion by the government into the lives of the people, which should be discouraged at any cost.
Although the emergence of the Pfizer COVID vaccine is good news, considering it the end of the virus is not a viable approach. While the accessibility of the vaccine is going to be the major challenge for the Biden administration, the time period for which the vaccine will protect the people is still an unanswered question.
The vaccine-resistant groups which always have thought COVID a conspiracy will also resist taking the vaccine, which will then open new and additional battlegrounds for the President-elect Joe Biden.
The formation of the advisory group by Joe Biden is an appreciable step and needs to be encouraged, as even small steps in the right direction will help to eradicate the disease, which has already claimed more than 1.2 million lives, shattered global economies, and locked down the borders, resulting in a nosedive of global trade.
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