Will You Take the New Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?
Some of the biggest news in eight months broke today. Bigger than the presidential election? Absolutely. We are potentially talking about a return to life as we knew it, all around the world, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CEO of Pfizer, the behemoth drug company, has released some incredibly optimistic numbers about a potential vaccine.
"Today is a great day for science and humanity," said Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla said. Pfizer reported that their COVID vaccine is more than 90 percent effective so far in clinical trials.
The company says it intends to file for U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization as soon as next week. NBC News quotes John Bell, an Oxford University professor and advisor to the U.K. government, as saying he was now optimistic that life could begin to return to normal by the spring.
Before today's announcement, I was leaning towards taking a pass on the vaccine for me and my children. My thinking was that the unknown risk was not quite worth the reward. I felt that since we are on the younger end of the spectrum that the odds are in our favor to fight off the virus if we caught it. In other words, the vast majority of people my age and younger who get COVID are survivors.
My parents? That's a different story. I would like to see them vaccinated.
However, today's breaking news has me feeling more optimistic about potentially taking the vaccine. With effectiveness rates north of 90 percent, those numbers are hard to ignore, especially after we've been pining for a vaccine for so long.
Has today's announcement made you more open to taking the vaccine?