Top U.S. health officials are urging Americans to be patient, with the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine delivered within days of approval.
Even if Pfizer’s shot turns green after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials review the company’s investigation data Thursday, the vaccine won’t immediately be a panacea for reducing the number of people dying from COVID-19 in the US, Dr. Fauci warned Monday.
“It is likely that you will not see a measurable decrease for at least several weeks or so,” said Dr. Fauci during a CNN interview.
“But it will come, I guarantee you.”
In the meantime, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams instructed Americans to be patient and not disappoint their guards in the last moments before the vaccines arrived.
“My colleagues are tired of dogs and we need you to stick with it a little longer because vaccines are coming,” he told Americans in a separate CNN interview.
“But we want as many people as possible to be alive to get them,” he added grimly.
The US hit record highs per day on Wednesday and Thursday last week, with 2,804 and 2,879 deaths, respectively. Last week, 15,426 Americans died from the coronavirus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that it will take weeks for the effect of coronavirus vaccines to become apparent in US mortality rates, as people need two doses and the death rates lag behind the spread of the virus during an interview with CNN on Monday.
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams urged Americans to “ hold on ” and keep wearing masks and social distancing “ because the vaccines are coming ”
According to DailyMail.com’s analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the US is now losing more than 2,200 people a day to the virus.
Vaccines made my Pfizer and Moderna both seem to prevent more than 90 percent of people from developing COVID-19 during trials.
There were also early signs that the shots could prevent people from becoming seriously or life-threateningly ill from the coronavirus.
Markets skyrocketed and people around the world heaved a sigh of relief when the two companies announced the results of their trials last month.
Health heads in the US have taken very different photos of how long it takes for one of the promising photos to be available.
Some say that within 24 hours of the approval of the first vaccine, which could come as early as Thursday, when Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials review Pfizer’s vaccine.
States were told last week to expect their first doses on December 15, and General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week that it could be within the “next week or two or three.”
States are doing simulated vaccinations for Pfizer’s injections in preparation for the arrival of the vaccines, which will likely happen next week
PFizer’s vaccine will be reviewed by FDA regulators Thursday
But even if it arrived today, coronavirus cases and deaths wouldn’t suddenly plummet tomorrow, and Americans should set their expectations accordingly, Dr. Fauci said.
The effects will take time as immunity to the virus becomes widespread.
“ If you vaccinate people – not just the caregivers, but vulnerable people, like in nursing homes – by the time they get immunity, what would be, you know, you have a prime and then you have a boost and then you have seven to ten days after the boost. ‘
Both the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccine will receive two doses.
Pfizer’s two shots must be given three weeks – 21 days – apart.
Moderna’s shot must be given four weeks apart.
It is estimated that it takes 7-10 days for the body to generate protective levels of antibodies and immunity to the coronavirus in response to the vaccines.
That means that at least the first wave of about 6.4 million people who get vaccinated with Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, if approved, won’t be protected for nearly a month.
In addition, trends in the pandemic come in waves: first cases rise or fall, then hospital admissions, then deaths. The lag time between peaks or dips between cases and death rates is typically about three weeks.
So the first suspicions that the number of fatalities from the coronavirus is going down may not come until nearly two months.
And in the last days of waiting for the introduction of the vaccines, Surgeon General Dr. Adams worries that people are not taking the virus seriously enough.
‘It really worries me that we still have people who don’t understand how much spread is happening from people who have no symptoms, who think they are okay, and then we find out a week later that they’ I tested positive and they exposed other people, ” said Dr. Adams to CNN.