The COVID-19 vaccines were developed in under a year! 😱 That’s UH-mazingly fast! But here’s why you DON’T need to worry about it being ~too fast~
💉The COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly *without* compromising safety. The timeline was sped up 🏃♂️by doing steps in parallel instead of sequentially, plus global collaboration.
💉Adverse events from vaccines, while EXTREMELY rare (~1-2 in a million for flu vaccine), usually happen within months to weeks following vaccination (any major issues would’ve shown up by now).
🔬 Researchers didn’t start from scratch! They’ve been studying related coronaviruses for YEARS.
🤓 RNA-based therapies (like Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech) have benefited from 3+ decades of rigorous research. 💯
SO… “long story short,” the COVID-19 vaccines have been a *long* time coming, which allowed them to be created safely in a *short* amount of time.