by Aahana Khemani
COVID-19 is definitely going to make history, considering all the “edits” it has made to our world and each inhabitants lifestyle. After spending more than a year with this tiresome virus, needless to say, a lot of people are getting agitated by the effects and constant talk of COVID-19. Countries as a whole, are willing to overlook the precautions needed to completely make a vaccine, in order for this pandemic to be over and for their people to be safe. The United Kingdom is the first country to approve the COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech!
Pfizer, one of the world’s premier biopharmaceutical companies, and BioNTech, a biotechnology company came together to create a vaccine to fight against the COVID 19 pandemic. On December 2nd, 2020 the UK became the first country to approve this vaccine. Forbes says they have set the vaccine’s initial price at around 19.50 USD a dose, making it available to some, and out of reach for others. This can be converted to around ￡14.54 per dose in the UK.
Considering that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine came out much prior to the average vaccine manufacture period (which on average takes 1-3 years), there definitely are many uncertainties that are coming up. One of the biggest being, is it effective? Clinical studies show that it is 95% effective, therefore we can only hope that it works to the best interest of each and every one of us. However, 95% is not the same as being 100% sure.
In conclusion, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine seems quite promising, however, we don’t know for sure how promising it will be in the upcoming days. It did start it’s distribution in the UK, but hopefully (seeing it’s hopeful effectiveness results) it spreads around the globe fast!