There have already been many podcasts discussing COVID-19 vaccines, so what makes this one different and worth listening to now? This podcast is more about some of the key highlights and frequent questions asked to help listeners get the right resources and information.
We have talked about COVID-19 quite frequently, especially early on. In fact, it has been discussed in 10 previous podcasts with most between #189 and #207.
Currently, there are at least 8 vaccines that are being researched and/or produced. The main two that we hear about (especially in the United States are the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines. However, as demonstrated in the infographic below from The Unbiased Science Podcast, there are others that are actively being researched and approved for use. While the infographic does show of the more common vaccines, there are others in development as demonstrated by a recent article from Gulf News.
To help combat the difficulties with vaccinating the world, the leading producers have split up the globe with using certain vaccines in areas that will find the most benefit. For example, given the very cold temperatures needed for mRNA vaccines, there are more traditional inactivated vaccines that are being made (such as Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V and Bharat Biotech). This allows for these more "stable" vaccines to reach underdeveloped parts of the world that cannot facilitate the ultra-freezing otherwise needed with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's vaccines.
The progress being made by these vaccines is vital to helping curb COVID-19 and its spread. However, those that are vaccine hesitant or simply refusing the vaccine are concerning. They present one of the biggest barriers that needs addressed. Unfortunately, there are many rumors and myths. While various, six of the biggest ones are covered in the infographic below.
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