Coronavirus Vaccines!

 

The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine

Currently, in the UK, 2 vaccines have been approved for use.

The first one is made by the companies Pfizer and BioNTech. They said that their vaccine was up to 95% effective after someone receives their second dose.

The Pfizer vaccine is a small amount of Coronavirus's genetic code being injected into your body.

 

When your body sees this, your immune system recognises it as Coronavirus, and makes fighting cells and antibodies to defeat it. People will not get ill when they get the vaccine, because it is only a tiny amount of Coronavirus.

 

 If you ever come across the virus for real, your immune system will already have the cells and antibodies to fight it - super easy. This makes sure people don't get ill.
 

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  • Up to 95% effective

  • Injected into body

  • 2 Doses needed (1 month apart)

  • Needs to be stored at -70 degrees

  • Costs an estimated £15

  • Via Genetic Code - small virus amount

  • Free for people in the UK (NHS)

Oxford - AstraZeneca vaccine

The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine was recently approved for the UK. 

The Oxford vaccine is made of a common cold virus which used to affect chimpanzees and changed it to prevent the vaccine from affecting humans.

Oxford also added some of Coronavirus's genetic code, like the other vaccines.

Once this is in the body, they start producing the coronavirus proteins, which our immune system recognises and our fighting cells spring into action.

This means the immune system is then repaired to fight Coronavirus for real.

 

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  • From 62-92% effective

  • Injected into body

  • Needs to be stored at fridge temperature

  • Costs an estimated £3

  • Via Genetic Code & Cold virus

  • Free for people in the UK (NHS)

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How many people have had the vaccines?

Now more than 3.5 million people have received their first dose of coronavirus, which is more than the number of positive cases.

 

Boris Johnson tweeted that in one day, we had managed to deliver over 340,000 doses. (17th Jan)

 

The Prime Minister's goal is to vaccinate over 1 million people every day and many mass testing sites are being set up around England.

Most people are still receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

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The first person in the world to receive the Pfizer vaccine! More here:

https://go.news4kids.co.uk/1st-covid-jab