About the coronavirus vaccine
Several efficient vaccines have been developed in late 2019 and early 2020. These vaccines are currently being distributed on a world-wide scale in different paces depending on country. Vaccination is first and foremost recommended for persons with conditions that have been identified as increasing the risk of severe COVID-19. Those conditions include cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and diabetes.
The COVID vaccines is made up of weakened or inactive parts of the organism that will trigger an immune response within the body. This weakened version will not cause the disease in the person but will prompt the immune system to respond. This response from the immune system then constitutues an effective defense again an actual infection later on. Some vaccines require multiple doses, given weeks or months apart, others need only be taken once.
When many people in a community are vaccinated, the virus (called pathogen) has a hard time circulating because it encounters mostly immune people. This is what is sometimes referred to as “herd immunity”.
Last year, The African Union established the “African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team” to secure vaccine doses for the continent of Africa.
About COVID 19
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.
- Worldometer Corona Statistics (Worldometer)
- Frequently asked questions (CDC.Gov)
- Coronavirus Vaccines (WHO.org)