Former United States President Donald Trump has claimed that Americans would not receive a COVID-19 vaccine for years if his administration had not taken efforts.
“I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful 'shot' for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all," the former president said in a statement. "I hope everyone remembers!"
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Trump's statement came following an event where President Joe Biden announced that the US would order 10 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
Hailing his administration’s efforts, Biden claimed that the US is on track to have enough doses for every American adult by the end of May – “months earlier than anyone expected".
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
With 2.92 crore confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded so far, the United States remains the worst-affected country due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. This includes a death toll of 5.28 lakh. A speedy rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is being seen as the only way to return to normalcy and restore the pandemic-hit global economy.
More than 9.36 crore vaccine doses were administered in the US as of March 10 morning, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had said on March 9 that the seven-day average for shots administered is 21.7 lakh does per day, up from 8.9 lakh shots per day on January 20, when Biden took office.