Coronavirus vaccines began limited distribution yesterday as Pfizer and BioNTech attained FDA approval only days before. Moderna’s vaccine, claimed to have a 94.1% effective rate nearly matching Pfizer’s purported 95% efficacy, expects FDA to sign off soon with a meeting scheduled for that purpose on Thursday. In our hyper-polarized political environment a significant percentage of the population has expressed an unwillingness to submit to vaccination, this after months of President Trump’s championing Operation Warp Speed’s efforts at delivering the cure-all “to end the pandemic.”
The vaccines rely on messenger RNA, naturally occurring molecular transmitter to fool a recipient’s immune system into defending against the coronavirus. According to the Center for Disease Control:
- Like all vaccines, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have been rigorously tested for safety before being authorized for use in the United States.
- mRNA technology is new, but not unknown. They have been studied for more than a decade.
- mRNA vaccines do not contain a live virus and do not carry a risk of causing disease in the vaccinated person.
- mRNA from the vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell and does not affect or interact with a person’s DNA.
“In contrast, most vaccines use weakened or inactivated versions or components of the disease-causing pathogen to stimulate the body’s immune response to create antibodies.”
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