A transition official said President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to see Dr Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, and take the vaccine publicly when Dr Fauci recommended to do. Mr Biden said in a recent interview with CNN that he wanted to serve as an example. “It’s important to communicate to the American people that it’s safe; it’s safe to do, ”Biden said.
After months of Mr. Trump and his senior advisers downplaying the virus, hosting campaign rallies and year-end parties where face masks were encouraged but never required, news of White House officials suddenly caught on the virus seriously enough to demand the first doses of a vaccine. had been greeted with outrage from Democrats as well as longtime critics of the president.
George T. Conway III, a prominent Conservative lawyer and vocal critic of Mr. Trump, noted that because the vaccine required a second dose 21 to 28 days after the first injection, there was little public interest for members. White House staff to receive them. . The president has only 37 days in office.
“If they were genuinely interested in protecting employees,” Mr. Conway written on twitter, “They would have done better not to have super spreader events. “
With the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine starting in the United States, here are the answers to some questions you might be wondering:
- If I live in the United States, when can I get the vaccine? While the exact order of vaccines may vary by state, most will likely prioritize medical workers and residents of long-term care facilities. If you want to understand how this decision is made, this article will help you.
- When can I resume a normal life after being vaccinated? Life will only return to normal when society as a whole is sufficiently protected against the coronavirus. Once countries authorize a vaccine, they will only be able to immunize a few percent of their citizens in the first two months. The unvaccinated majority will always remain vulnerable to infection. A growing number of coronavirus vaccines show strong protection against the disease. But it is also possible for people to spread the virus without even knowing they are infected, as they show only mild symptoms, if any. Scientists do not yet know if vaccines also block transmission of the coronavirus. So for now, even vaccinated people will have to wear masks, avoid crowds inside, etc. Once enough people are vaccinated, it will become very difficult for the coronavirus to find vulnerable people to infect. Depending on how quickly we, as a society, reach this goal, life may start to move closer to something normal by fall 2021.
- If I have been vaccinated, do I still have to wear a mask? Yes, but not forever. The two vaccines that will be potentially authorized this month clearly protect people against Covid-19. But the clinical trials that delivered these results were not designed to determine whether vaccinated people could still spread the coronavirus without developing symptoms. It remains a possibility. We know that people naturally infected with the coronavirus can spread it without experiencing a cough or other symptoms. Researchers will study this question intensely as the vaccines roll out. In the meantime, even vaccinated people will have to consider themselves as possible spreaders.
- Will it hurt? What are the side effects? The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is given by injection into the arm, like other typical vaccines. The injection will not be different from any you received before. Tens of thousands of people have already received the vaccines and none of them have reported serious health problems. But some of them experienced short-lived discomfort, including pain and flu-like symptoms that usually last for a day. People may need to plan a day off or school after the second shot. While these experiences are not pleasant, they are a good sign: they are the result of your own immune system encountering the vaccine and building a powerful response that will provide long-lasting immunity.
- Will mRNA vaccines change my genes? No. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use a genetic molecule to stimulate the immune system. This molecule, known as mRNA, is ultimately destroyed by the body. The mRNA is packaged in an oily bubble which can fuse with a cell, allowing the molecule to slip inside. The cell uses mRNA to make proteins from the coronavirus, which can stimulate the immune system. At any given time, each of our cells can contain hundreds of thousands of mRNA molecules, which they produce to make their own proteins. Once these proteins are made, our cells then shred the mRNA with special enzymes. The mRNA molecules made by our cells can only survive for a few minutes. The mRNA in vaccines is designed to resist the enzymes in the cell for a bit longer, so that the cells can make additional viral proteins and elicit a stronger immune response. But mRNA can only last a few days at most before being destroyed.
Tim Hogan, Democratic consultant and former senior aide to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign, said Washington “will not be able to cover all healthcare workers with its first vaccine allocation, but a White House that downplayed a half-year national super spreader tour cuts the line.
He called the White House’s initial vaccination plan a “last finger for nurses and frontline doctors in the Trump administration.”
Before Mr. Trump unexpectedly changed course, a senior administration official said vaccination of officials was necessary to “provide visible leadership to the nation and the world, and to maintain the confidence of the American people.” . The official added that vaccinating West Wing officials would help “continue essential operations, without disruption” to help continue to fight the pandemic nationwide.