The world is abuzz with the news that a new coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. This comes as a welcome relief to millions of people who have been living under the cloud of the pandemic for the past year.
The vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, has been approved for emergency use by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It is the first vaccine to be approved for use in the country, and is expected to be rolled out to the public in the coming weeks.
The vaccine has been shown to be up to 95% effective in preventing people from getting Covid–19, and is likely to be the first of many vaccines that are developed in the coming months.
But the vaccine has had its fair share of controversy due to the rapid development and lack of long–term safety data. Some medical professionals and others are concerned about the potential for the vaccine to cause serious side effects, while others worry that the vaccine has not been tested enough. Additionally, the distribution of the vaccine has also been a source of controversy, with many countries struggling to get the vaccine in a timely manner, and some countries unable to access it at all. This has led to political and economic turmoil in many parts of the world.
The UK government has already secured 40 million doses of the vaccine, and is in the process of signing deals with other companies to secure further supplies. The vaccine will be given free of charge to people in the UK, and is expected to start being distributed within days.
The news of the vaccine has been met with a mixture of relief and caution. While the vaccine is likely to be a major step forward in the fight against Covid–19, there are still many unanswered questions about how it will be rolled out and who will be eligible to receive it.
The news of the vaccine is a cause for optimism, but it is important to remember that the pandemic is still ongoing and that caution must be taken to ensure that the virus does not spread further. It is also important to remember that even after the vaccine has been rolled out, people should continue to follow social distancing and hygiene measures to protect themselves and others.
The most commonly reported side effects associated with the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine are injection site reactions, such as pain, redness, and swelling; tiredness; headache; muscle pain; chills; joint pain; and fever. All of these side effects are normal and should be expected when receiving the vaccine. They usually last for 1–2 days but can last up to a week. Most people will not experience severe side effects. However, if you do experience any severe side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
In rare cases, severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported after the administration of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine. If you experience any of the following symptoms after receiving the vaccine, seek medical attention immediately: difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, and a fast heartbeat.