Experts Praise Effectiveness of Moderna and Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccines: Ridiculously Encouraging – Yahoo Entertainment

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There is a lot of concern surrounding the new COVID-19 vaccine. Yet, early research suggests that these vaccines might be the most effective vaccines in history. 

According to a New York Times report, the two vaccines that are being used across the country, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, are extremely effective.

« The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines — the only two approved in the U.S. — are among the best vaccines ever created, with effectiveness rates of about 95 percent after two doses. That’s on par with the vaccines for chickenpox and measles. And a vaccine doesn’t even need to be so effective to reduce cases sharply and crush a pandemic. »

Although researchers are still learning about the vaccine, one doctor described the public perception of the vaccine—even the positive reviews—as « underselling. » 

« If anything, the 95 percent number understates the effectiveness, because it counts anyone who came down with a mild case of Covid-19 as a failure, » the Times explained. « But turning Covid into a typical flu — as the vaccines evidently did for most of the remaining 5 percent — is actually a success. Of the 32,000 people who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine in a research trial, do you want to guess how many contracted a severe Covid case? One. »

Dr. Paul Offit, who is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, called the vaccines « ridiculously encouraging » and said that they are « essentially 100 percent effective against serious disease, » per the NYT.

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