It turns out, COVID vaccines weren’t created overnight–they’ve been in the works for 15 years! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and it can be crazy to think that we’re now to the point in this global pandemic where any American who wants a vaccine has the opportunity to receive one. And despite the fact that the world’s leading scientists have pioneered the journey towards the COVID vaccines, it’s natural to be cautious about what is going into your body–especially when the whole process feels like it happened in just a few months’ time.
This infographic is a great way to put your mind at ease and get a concrete understanding of the journey that scientists have taken to get to the point where our world is able to transition back to its pre-pandemic state.
Before the shot could reach your arm, it had to undergo review in a lab, testing on animals, and several phases of controlled trials on willing human participants. These trials allow scientists to gain a thorough understanding of how much of the vaccine each person needs, as well as any potential side effects.
The COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t have to be a mysterious shot that you’re taking a gamble on. The information is right in front of you, and you have the right to be fully informed before making a decision on what goes into your body.