COVID-19 Vaccine: How Long will It Take for Life to Return to Normal?
The on-going COVID-19 vaccine campaign is probably the biggest one in history. Worldwide, 168+ million vaccinations have been carried out. And according to data by Bloomberg, at least 5.84 million doses of the vaccination are being given in a single day.
COVID-19 vaccine update
Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is cleared for usage in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Furthermore, the campaigns to vaccinate people have started in 77 countries.
Both this vaccine, and that from Moderna have shown immunity to infections up to 95% in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people. In the US alone, people have received 50.1 million doses. And last week, around 1.66 million doses were given per day. However, the COVID-19 vaccine drive is proceeding in an uneven way throughout various states.
Now, people are wondering whether life will ever become normal again. Currently, there is no straight-forward answer to this question. For instance, the best vaccines in the current COVID-19 vaccination drives can promise an effectiveness up to 95%.
But this means that a large population will need a dose of the vaccine before the spread can be curbed. And on a global scale, this is a huge challenge.
Based on the current global COVID-19 vaccination rate of 5.84 million per day, it may take 5.3 years to achieve 75% immunity on the global level. However, with additional manufacturers stepping in, the rate of vaccination is increasing. However, the logistical challenges of delivering vaccines in billions are still big.
Currently Israel has a supply of up to 68.5 doses for every 100 people. Based on this, Israel currently leads the COVID-19 Vaccination race.
At the same time, Russia and China have also authorized use of their own vaccines. But it may take a few months to fully test them out. Once vaccines become widespread, people may need a COVID-19 vaccine certificate to be allowed entry into workplaces and schools/colleges.
With countries putting several billion dollars into COVID-19 vaccination research and development, chances are that many new vaccines will also enter the market. Together, various vaccines with varying levels of effectiveness may help curb the spread of this deadly virus.
Details on the COVID-19 vaccine global campaign is accurate at the time of writing. For more updates please head to Bloomberg’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker site.
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