Believe it or not, it’s been about a year (give or take a month or two) since the pesky and unwelcome novel coronavirus has been causing havoc around the world. As countries worked to contain the spread (some more successfully than others), scientists and pharmaceutical companies worked to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Well, thanks to great minds, innovative technology, and everyone else involved, a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by various federal drug administrations around the world.
Earlier this month, the United Kingdom approved the use of one of the vaccines produced by a pharmaceutical company and began distributing and vaccinating people. Last week, the US Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first of three vaccines for emergency use. But what does this all mean? It means that this vaccine is safe and effective enough to give to people. This week, the first batches of the vaccine were shipped to various locations across the country and given to those most vulnerable to the virus, like first responders and the elderly living in care facilities. It’s a sign that things might be getting back to normal soon, but don’t take that mask off or start hosting parties and hugging people just yet. It’ll take months before the vaccine is widely available to the masses, so sit tight, mask up, stay at least six feet away from people, and wait your turn. We’re all in this together!