For humanity, vaccines have been a symbol of salvation and disease eradication. These represent much more than personal protection, they also protect the people around them, because not being able to contract a virus or bacteria also means not infecting others. Thanks to vaccines, diseases such as diphtheria, measles or polio no longer exist in the younger generations.
Today, vaccines protect people from at least 20 diseases, saving more than three million lives annually. The more people are vaccinated, the more likely herd immunity can be achieved, which is an indirect protection of the population against diseases. That is, when a person who has not been vaccinated lives in a community that has been vaccinated, they have a lower risk of contracting the disease.
Under this premise and with the arrival of the coronavirus, the pharmaceutical industry provided an accelerated response to combat the virus and the pandemic that it generated. The result are vaccines that are backed-up by rigorous, safe and effective scientific advances. Moreover, this process was also caried out in record time, without neglecting the extensive and cross-sectional research that is needed to create a cure.
However, being a medicine that was created in record time, it also created concern in the general public, since the speed of the process raised questions regarding the quality of the vaccines, created myths around these and provoked legitimate inquiries, which the industry has answered with transparent information and the use of worldwide campaigns.
All the scientific research used to attack this virus is a sum of years of work, an accumulation of lessons learned by the pharmaceutical industry and that has the support from the scientific community, regulatory authorities and world organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or UNICEF.
COVID-19’s cure is not simply a vaccine, it includes an entire arsenal of scientists, healthcare professionals, regulators and individuals who help bring the cure to people. In addition, for the creation of the vaccine, it is also necessary to possess infrastructure for manufacturing, pharmacovigilance, medical information, supply chains and operations worldwide. Thus, this medicine connects all of humanity and requires alliances in order to ensure that all people, especially those under vulnerable situations, can access it.
In addition, vaccination ensures that the world continues its normality and control over diseases, because as the coronavirus demonstrated, health crises can be unleashed at any time. On the other hand, the commitment by the industry and regulatory entities is constant, since the vaccination processes are continuously monitored in order to ensure its quality and safety.
Hence, it is time to tell the story behind the vaccines that are going to change humanity’s current situation. This story also includes all the people involved in the creation of the vaccine, who are scientists and medical personnel, but they are also mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and people who live in a community and experienced the pandemic like everyone else.