The rush to a vaccine

Anna Berges, Staff Writer

Recently the making of a COVID-19 vaccine and release date has been up in the air. Usually the process for making any vaccine is lengthy, but the need for this vaccine has caused scientists to respond at a much faster rate in hopes of releasing it by the end of 2020. Many believe that with this chaotic rush to get the vaccine to the public, many people have expressed their doubts about the safety and effectiveness of this shot.

The faster that this vaccine gets to the public, it is believed that it will provide immunity to the Corona Virus. There are multiple vaccines being worked on at the moment that are getting to the final steps of being completed.

Even President Trump claims that “every American” will have access to an effective vaccine by April 2021, as well as promising more than 100 million doses by the end of the year. He continues to say, “I think the distribution will go even quicker than most people think.”

National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins states, “When we say we are going to focus first on safety and make no compromises, here is Exhibit A of how that is happening in practice.” He continues to explain that with the rush to put out this vaccine by Election Day, it seems quite the reach, but is investing in six vaccine candidates in hopes of getting one out by the end of the year.

As many fear that Trump’s promise to an effective vaccine is far too rushed at this time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  assures the public that, “No matter what, only a safe, effective vaccine will get our approval,” states drug regulator Stephen Hahn. He attempts to show Americans that their safety will not be affected by the speed of which the vaccine is made.

Even Johnson & Johnson, a well-known American corporation known for developing devices and goods for medical needs, is in on creating a vaccine. They claim for it to be out by the end of the year, with more advantages than other companies might have.

Manufacturing at a rapid rate, they hope for it to be approved by the FDA so it can be released immediately. Paul Stoffels, M.D., who is working with Johnson & Johnson states, “Then we can ramp up many more batches.” If they are approved, they plan on mass producing the vaccine to be distributed in just one shot.