Overview this week

In the midst of record coronavirus cases and deaths, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved in the U.K. and is shortly to follow in many other countries such as the United States. Scientists worldwide are advocating and recommending individuals receive the vaccine as soon as it is distributed. 

Top 3 News Highlights This Week

  1. The United Kingdom approves COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for emergency authorization before the United States. The country will begin mass development and distribution immediately following the news. The United States estimates FDA approval shortly in the coming weeks.
  2. The Department of Defense released the first images of the COVID-19 vaccination record card and vaccination kits. The vaccination card will be used to keep track of COVID-19 shots, everyone will be issued a card that they can keep in their wallet. On the other hand, first images of the vaccine kits displayed a card, a needle and syringe, alcohol wipes, and a mask. Operation Warp Speed already has 100 million vaccine kits ready to get for when distribution begins.
  3. Public health officials recommend people who have already recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated. While reinfection is rare, it is possible for recovered patients to become infected again if their natural antibody levels lower over time. There is no evidence that a vaccine would be unsafe for COVID-19 survivors, but more research is being conducted.