“Eventually, I think we won’t, but I think until we know this vaccine works we will have to wear a mask,” pediatrician Dr Dyan Hes told CBSN.
provided data to the FDA showing their coronavirus vaccine is 95% safe and effective in clinical trials. An FDA advisory committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to review emergency approval.
is also seeking clearance for his vaccine, which he says is 94.5% effective based on preliminary data. And a team of just published peer-reviewed data on phase 3 clinical trials of their vaccine in the Lancet medical journal showing an efficacy of up to 90%.
However, even with these good results, the effectiveness is not 100%. A small number of people vaccinated in clinical trials still got COVID-19, although Pfizer says their cases were mostly milder.
And it’s possible that a vaccinated person can pass the virus on to others, even if they don’t get sick on their own.
“We don’t have the clinical trials to show that people who are vaccinated don’t pass the virus on – they might not be sick, but they could still excrete it if they have it,” Dr Hes explained. .
She warned that it could be “difficult to enforce” the mask once people are vaccinated.
“People are going to think this vaccine is like a pass, like you are going to have a passport that you are vaccinated,” she said, but stressed that the evidence is not there yet.
The people of the United Kingdom have alreadythe Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday after the UK government granted emergency clearance. What the United States can gain from the United Kingdom’s distribution effort is its “organization,” Hes said.
“I’m just worried about this planning, because the United States is so diverse and each state is so independent of each other, how are we going to do this transparently? She asked, adding: “Even for, we do not yet know when we will receive our vaccines. ”