It has been more than a year since the Coronavirus has dominated the globe and made human lives different. India is experiencing a deadlier second wave. Seeing the sudden spike in the cases, the Centre and state administrations have issued new guidelines. The pandemic is here to stay and the vaccine wars have already begun. The world is starting to experience a surge in the cases of the virus. On the 7th of April, the worldwide fatalities crossed 3 million. Amid this, the Oxford AstraZeneca has been the most controversial. The AstraZeneca vaccine was once heralded for being a “global vaccine” but now, the tables have turned. Possible side effects of the vaccine jab continue to haunt people as they hesitate to get vaccinated all around the world. This becomes a major drawback as this crushes the hope of eradicating the virus.
According to the MHRA’s website Yellow Card scheme (UK’s drug regulator), the “overwhelming majority” experience a sore arm after the vaccine. It does not end there. Some symptoms that could occur shortly after the jab include headache, chills, nausea, rapid heartbeats, muscle ache, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, flu-like fever, and normal fever. This report relies on the deliberate reporting of suspected results after the vaccine. The positive point in this situation is that these symptoms might be the normal and healthy reactions of the immune system of an individual. If not, these are very common side effects one could experience. These symptoms can be controlled by taking one tablet of paracetamol. As of January 2021, Germany’s vaccine committee advised that this vaccine should be given to people aged between 18 and 64 citing that there was a lack of safety evidence for other age groups.
In March 2021, a dozen European countries stalled its use for the possible links to rare but fatal blood clots. The World Health Organization (WHO) and European Medical Agencies conducted safety checks and declared it safe, saying that it has more benefits than its determinants. Unfortunately, the harm had already been done and the image of AstraZeneca was already in a bad light. The inventor of the vaccine, Oxford University in the UK, is now waiting for further guidelines and has suspended further activities related to the vaccine. Many experts are now of the opinion that the clots are indeed related to the vaccine, which is contrary to the report by the WHO. Some news sources in Britain claimed that the MHRA is considering not giving the vaccine to young people as they are more susceptible to side effects. Many countries have started researching the vaccine to make it risk-free. While countries like Germany and the Netherlands have put age restrictions, Denmark and Norway have stopped them completely. They are investigating the vaccine and are addressing it as a priority. Although, many countries are still using it and have said that medicine is better than having nothing. It’s cheap and has better efficacy rates than vaccines like Sinovax.
The people have to understand that the vaccine games will keep on going on, the main focus should be following the safety protocols issued by the WHO and the respective authorities. We can only defeat the virus if we as individuals take up our responsibilities. The Vaccinations are temporary and we need a permanent solution. They are just the way to get to our herd community. We should at all times, wear our masks and practice social distancing. Our carelessness can not only get us in danger but also the people we meet and our loved ones. The cases are on the rise and this is not the time to let our guard down. Efficient cooperation and maintenance can help achieve these goals and this is what every administration around the world should focus on. It has been more than a year since this invisible threat has demonized the planet. No one remembers what it feels like to roam around without a mask. Instead of praying this gets over, we should just follow the protocols right now so that we can get out of this unfavourable situation as soon as possible.
We should go out as little as possible. Not only will it keep us safe, but it will also help eradicate the virus and let us live life like we used to. We humans have faced bigger threats and even extinction, but we have always conquered our problems and lived on. This is like the threats and we have to move through this. If we stand together in times like these, we can make the world a better place, literally.
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