Coronavirus vaccine update: What does it mean that we’re not joining the WHO effort?
September 9, 2020
Many hope a COVID-19 vaccine will be just the shot needed to keep us safe AND allow us to get back to normal. How's the vaccine coming along, why is America developing it alone, and what does it mean for our paychecks?
- The Vaccine is being developed by American companies right now - But people are asking why the USA is not joining the World Health Organization (WHO) in developing the vaccine. Is this going to cost us precious time and flatten our wallets? Couldn’t we get it faster working together with other countries?
- The Whitehouse thinks teamwork will slow us down - They said joining a group project to develop the vaccine will only “constrain” America’s efforts. Besides, America is already super close to finishing the vaccine. Cue the song “Here I go again on my own” by Whitesnake.
- Critics say countries should work together for the greater good of ALL nations. But the chief researcher on Team America’s vaccine development has said he would quit if there’s any political pressure to use the vaccine for any other reason than to help people. So, maybe USA’s work is right on track after all.
- Will the vaccine work & when can we get it? An American lab already has promising results that show their vaccine can potentially protect against COVID-19. Plus, it's possible the vaccine will be ready by as early as Nov. 1st!
- Paychecks want to know if #WeBounceBack better WITH the vaccine - the answer is, YES! Experts believe the vaccine, once approved, will be safe and effective. It will give people the confidence and personal health to get back to work and return to their regular lives.