Local doctor weighs in on Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine

Possible New COVID Vaccine
Local doctor says the vaccine can be distributed within 6 to 12 months
Local doctor says the vaccine can be distributed within 6 to 12 months(KEVN)
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 5:12 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Early data suggests the possible new COVID-19 vaccine is looking promising.

Pfizer and BioNTech have conducted testing over 44,000 people nationwide. Health experts say 90 out of 100 are showing antibodies and getting the protection with two doses.

Doctor Nancy Babbitt, a local family physician, researchers are waiting to see how long the immunity lasts.

Babbitt believes that won’t stop the vaccine from being released. She says that the vaccine could be released six to 12 months from now if all goes well.

The initial plan is to vaccinate all health care workers first, before moving on to the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

Dr.Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, says, “COVID-19 won’t be a pandemic for any longer thanks to vaccines.”

Babbitt recommends still wearing the masks until the vaccines are distributed to the general public.

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