It’s been three years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 outbreak pandemicNow that the pandemic is beginning to fade from our daily lives, it’s worth taking a quick look back to remember how important vaccines were to the health of Americans and to keeping the economy moving.
So, remember that the FDA-approved COVID vaccine is safe and effective. In addition, these vaccines are helping America’s workforce stay healthy and the economy open.
COVID vaccines are safe and effective…
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
More than 672 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States. Vaccines meet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality. Additionally, there are known serious side effects from COVID vaccines. rare.
2020, operation warp speed— The Trump administration partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense — was intended to accelerate the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
At the time, President Donald Trump touted a focus on accelerating vaccine development with the help of the private sector.
“My administration has provided a total of $14 billion to accelerate vaccine development and manufacture all of our top-of-the-line products. [COVID vaccine] Candidates in advance,” Trump said. It’s a number we didn’t expect to reach.”
…and COVID Vaccines Save Lives
COVID vaccines have also helped save countless lives.
early in the pandemic (2021), the study Backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), COVID-19 vaccination has shown to have prevented nearly 140,000 deaths in the US
Then, in December 2022,study According to the Commonwealth Fund, “the US COVID-19 vaccination program has prevented an additional 3.2 million deaths.”
Vaccines help ensure a healthy workforce and a functioning economy
The COVID-19 vaccine remains the unsung hero of an open and functioning economy.
Vaccinated Workers — Like Everyone Who Gets Vaccinated — Less likely to die or be hospitalized after contracting COVIDVaccinated people can return to work sooner if they contract the virus.
Simply put, serious and continuous labor shortage— A COVID vaccine is a critical component of maintaining a healthy and fully functioning American workforce.
Vaccines are revolutionary and pave the way for more American innovation
The United States is a global leader in biopharmaceutical innovation, and US innovators are responding to the call to develop the vaccines and treatments needed to overcome the pandemic. in fact, 80% of COVID-19 therapeutics Born from small and medium-sized US biotech innovators, it showcases the power of the US small business community.
The COVID-19 vaccine mRNA technology is the result of years of research and development by the pharmaceutical industry and will pave the way for vaccines against future diseases. shingles from flu.
Despite these achievements, policies such as the World Trade Organization’s move to abolish intellectual property (IP) protection for vaccines threaten the global framework for IP protection and jeopardize the future of innovation. We cannot stand still. The United States must ensure that its domestic and international policies support the next generation of innovation.
What You Can Do: Keep You, Your Family, and Colleagues Up to Date with Boosters
By staying up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine, strong protection For severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID.
CDC recommends that everyone stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines for their age group. This includes an adult and her children 6 months and older. People with moderate or severe immunocompromise have different COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.
For the latest information on COVID vaccine boosters, visitCDC website.
About the author
Senior Writer and Editor for Strategic Communications, American Chamber of Commerce
Thaddeus is a Senior Writer and Editor on the Strategic Communications Team at the US Chamber of Commerce.