COVID-19 vaccinations and hope for the future
2020 has been a year to never forget. We were locked up, separated and certainly helpless. The global COVID-19 pandemic entered our lives with immediate radical change.
For a long time – even to this day – we haven’t met some family and friends, and we continue to use masks so much that they almost become a part of our body.
Admittedly, 2020 put us to the test, it was dramatic and full of uncertainties, but 2021 must not be like that. Today we are already in mid-February and I welcome 2021 with open arms and hope.
On December 14, vaccine distribution began and 16.5 million doses were administered at the time of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
It is understandable that such a figure is not encouraging. The United States has a population of approximately 328 million people. There is a long way to go until everyone has their vaccine, but instead of showing discouragement, we should be patient and hope that at least the vaccine is delivered. Sooner or later we’ll have our doses.
Biden said that during his first 100 days in office, his goal was to administer 100 million doses. Likewise, this new administration is looking for safe alternatives when vaccinating the American people.
So far, there are only two approved vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna. However, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is awaiting FDA approval. If approved, the US government has already ordered 100 million doses. This number of vaccines would be in addition to the 200 million remaining doses that the US government plans to purchase from Pfizer and Moderna.
Johnson & Johnson board member Mark McClellan said Jan. 29 in an interview with CNBC: Have enough vaccines by June for the entire adult American population.
The FDA has scheduled a public meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee on February 26 to review vaccine data and make a decision on its authorization. Such announcements are great news. They give us hope.
2021 may become a pivotal moment in the fight against the coronavirus. Let’s continue to take care of ourselves and each other and protect each other because it is everyone’s fight.