This week, when researchers group at Oxford University declared its initial results, in the study, there was hopeful news for an effective medicine against COVID-19. It is nearly 2 dozen vaccines that were tested on different people in clinical trials, and there are almost 140 others in development across the world.
Michelle Roberts, the BBC’s online health editor, answers many questions related to the Coronavirus medicines.
There was a question, would medicine be a hundred percent safe, or I am anxious that a medicine/vaccine may be rushed out, and there might be undesirable side-effects?
Novel medicines will pass through severe checks before they can be approved for the use of the world. Though the study into a COVID-19 vaccine is developing at a quick and very fast pace, and those checks are currently happening in the clinical atmosphere.
There could be many treatments that can have few side-effects. Besides this, the most common side-effects of these medicines are typically minor and can add redness or swelling to people’s skin where the injection was given.
Another question comes: Is there any proof exist that the flu vaccine in 2019 and 2020 has been tested for the Coronavirus?
The seasonal flu medicine will not cure COVID-19, and influenza and Coronavirus are totally different diseases that are generated by different viruses.
Moreover, injecting a flu injection is a good thing, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect your health.
Influenza can create harsh illness in many people, and those people that are at high risk, which includes people with above 65 and other people with long term health problems, can have a free influenza injection on the NHS.
Question: Are those people who had transplants can have the vaccine?
Scientists and researchers are still testing various potential COVID-19 vaccines. Thus far, it isn’t clear which ones could be most effective. Furthermore, different versions can be more suitable for a few people than others.
Vaccines are testing in volunteers, but it will get time to show consequences and to understand who can get benefit from that vaccination.
If people have gotten transplant and they are getting immunosuppressant medicines to avoid rejection, some vaccines, including ‘live’ vaccines holding weakened viruses or bacteria, may not be adequate for those people.
Question: would this COVID-19 vaccine still be useful if the Coronavirus mutates?
The COVID-19 medicines being made at the moment are regarding the viral stress currently circulating. This virus can mutate, but it won’t change the effectiveness of the corresponding vaccine.