By Diane Mwai
As we near the end of the year, COVID-19 cases have been continuing to rise.
In the last month, over 27,236 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed and over 225,910 cases total statewide since July, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health, according to Alabama Public Health.
On Nov. 18, the drug company Pfizer announced their COVID-19 vaccine could be available as early as December. The company says the drug is 95% effective.
They are seeking to get an emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration within a few days, according to the New York Times.
This gives me some little bit of hope, though we shouldn’t get too excited yet. Even though the drug may be approved does not mean that it will be easy to distribute.
My pending question is as follows: who will receive the vaccine first, and how will this decision be determined?
One thing we have to keep in mind as a country is that life will never go back to the way it was before the pandemic. This IS our new normal and we have to face that reality.
With this vaccine on the way, there are some Americans who are a bit skeptical. Some people are concerned with the speediness of the drug and question its development, according to Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.
I might not be on the same boat as those mentioned above, but I am not far from it. It does sound quite confusing that the same experts said that it could take until Spring to have a vaccine that is ready to be given to the public, but I do not doubt that these experts are not doing the best that they can.
They are under the scrutiny of the public. All eyes are on them to find a cure and return society to how it was before. But we have to remember that while every day public health experts are finding out more and more about the virus, much is still unknown.
I firmly believe that we as a country must stick together to keep each other safe. This means that we should, to the best of our abilities, wear masks, social distance and follow other directed safety measures.
No one knows what the future will hold, but we’re all stuck together in this journey called a global pandemic.
Edited by Madison Goodgame & Ryan Michaels