A new coronavirus vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, has been found to prevent over 90 per cent of people from getting the virus, following tests on 43,500 people across six countries, with no safety concerns having been raised.

As explained by the BBC, a vaccine (coupled with better treatment) is considered to be the best way of escaping the restrictions imposed on us as a result of the pandemic.

Data shows that two doses taken three weeks apart is required, with 90 per cent protection achieved one week after the second dose. However, this data isn’t the final analysis, as it is based on just the first 94 clinical volunteers to develop the virus, so the effectiveness of the vaccine could change following analysis of the full results.

The plan is for the companies to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of November, with no vaccine ever having gone from the development stage to being proven as highly effective in such a short amount of time.

It’s possible that a limited number of people may be vaccinated this year, with the firms saying they will have sufficient safety data by the third week of November to take the vaccine to regulators.

Some 50 million doses will be supplied by the end of the year and approximately 1.3 billion by the end of 2021, with the UK set to receive ten million doses by the end of 2020 and an additional 30 million having already been ordered.

However, scientists and governments have been warning for some time that a vaccine will not be enough on its own to eradicate covid-19 and part of the problem seems to be that, according to various studies, there are large proportions of the population in numerous countries that would be worried about taking a vaccine that was developed so quickly.

According to ITV, a King’s College London study, for example, found in August that just 53 per cent of the UK population would take a coronavirus vaccine when it became available. It was also found that those aged between 16 and 34 were twice as likely as those aged over 55 years old to not want to take a vaccine.

This is also being compounded by the fact that false and unsubstantiated anti-vaccination conspiracy theories have been doing the rounds of the western world, so growing numbers of people are viewing the concept of vaccines in their entirety as dangerous.

Speaking at a press conference, professor Jonathan Van-Tam – England’s deputy chief medical officer – said: “Vaccine misinformation has been out there ever since the first vaccines were made and it is exactly that – misinformation. And I don’t propose to give it any further airtime.”

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