COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Victoria Tracy, Reporter

Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the U.S, and people are anxious to end social distancing and the mask mandates. In order to end the mandates, a vaccine must be developed. 

According to the National Geographical website, “More than 150 covid vaccines are in development across the world. The U.S government aims to develop and deliver 300 million doses of a ‘safe and effective’ coronavirus vaccine by January 2021.” The World Health Organization is also trying to help develop a vaccine. Their goal is to deliver 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.

The problem is that it typically takes vaccines 10-15 years to develop and become widely available.“Vaccines normally go through a 3-stage clinical trial process before they are even sent to regulatory agencies for approval. This can be a lengthy process.” says the National Geographical article. Even after the vaccine is approved, the population who receives it and the cost must be determined.    

The Trump Administration has pressured the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve a vaccine and is pushing states to establish vaccine distribution sites by November 1, 2020.” Some U.S citizens are worried about the vaccine because they describe it as a “political motivation.” Reason for that is because the deadline for the vaccine is days before the presidential election, and the typical length to develop a vaccine is years not months.