What You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
There are numerous preconceived notions and issues for taking COVID-19 vaccines. People are anxious about their unknown side effects in the future. There are also a lot of viral articles and videos posted on any social media platforms but despite having such, there are still factors that we are still learning – its efficiency to the variants and their lasting protection to our body. Although COVID-19 vaccines were quickly developed, some steps have been considered to make sure that these are all safe and effective:
Methods of Producing Vaccines
Before COVID-19, vaccines were already rampant in the world of science. The never-ending discoveries, researches, and studies of scientists involve vaccines against varied viruses such as Influenza Vaccine and Gardasil 9. These existing products offer a lot of help to rapidly progress the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
A Conduct of Clinical Trials before Approval
As per the medical mandate, all medicines including vaccines need to undergo three phases of clinical trials. Phase I includes but is not limited to ensuring the dosage and side effects. Phase II involves but is not limited to identifying the right dosage, managing side effects, and determining its effectiveness in a larger population. Phase III covers but is not limited to developing a complete and new treatment. For the vaccines of COVID-19, the process might be quickly done but rest assured that all phases were conducted before its distribution.
Approval of Vaccines
The conduct of clinical trials needs to be evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If the results of the evaluation met the FDA’s standards and safety and were allowed for Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs), they will be quickly and properly distributed to fight COVID-19.
Production and Distribution of Vaccines
The U.S and other countries’ governments that have granted approval of the FDA for vaccines have made funds for the resources and will be able to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines.
Monitored Systems for Tracing Safety Used of Vaccines
To continuously produce the approved vaccines, authorities need to track their efficiency. This process is quite challenging but can assure the quality of the vaccines that are being injected into millions of people around the globe.