Some Good News? COVID-19 Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective!
We got some good news on Saturday with Joe Biden winning the election, and then just two days later, we got some more good news.
Drugmaker Pfizer revealed on Monday that an early look at data from its coronavirus vaccine showed it is more than 90% effective, which is much better than anyone expected.
The so-called interim analysis looked at the first 94 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the more than 43,000 volunteers who got either two doses of the vaccine or a placebo. It found that fewer than 10% of infections were in participants who had been given the vaccine. More than 90% of the cases were in people who had been given a placebo.
This means it had an efficacy rate higher than 90% at seven days after the second dose, which means protection is gained around 28 days after a person starts the vaccination process.
Again, this is great news because most people were expecting maybe 50% effectiveness.
In an interview with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Monday morning, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla called the Covid-19 vaccine ‘the greatest medical advance’ in the world’s last hundred years.
This news could not have come at a better time. The virus is at an all-time high across the United States. There are over 100,000 new cases being reported every single day. And some experts warn it could reach 200,000 in just a few weeks, which could mean over one million a cases a week.
Pfizer says by year’s end it should have enough doses to immunize 15 million to 20 million people.
The Operation Warp Speed folks have promised Pfizer nearly $2 billion to deliver 100 million doses to Americans free of charge.
So yeah. This is good news, but it’s not going to start kicking in until at least January or February, and likely not on a large scale until early Spring 2021.
In the meantime, do your best to protect yourself. You all know the drill. Wear a mask, avoid social gatherings, wash your hands, take your vitamins and get some sleep.