Americans will need to wear masks and stay socially distant to protect themselves from the coronavirus even after early vaccines become available. (Sept. 23)
EMILY LANDON: Because this is a very urgent situation, there are some corners being cut. But they're not corners related to safety, or they're not supposed to be quarters related to safety. In fact, all they've done is try and cut down the bureaucracy and red tape as much as possible to move things through the process as swiftly as possible with as few delays.
Cutting corners and making things go more swiftly through a bureaucratic process is appropriate during a pandemic, but cutting corners on safety is not. And so we really, really don't want to cut corners in terms of safety or efficacy when it comes to a vaccine.
First draft doesn't necessarily mean that they are going to be unsafe, but it certainly means that they're probably not going to be as good as COVID vaccines that might come out in a few years. We should probably think of them as another layer of safety that we can add in the middle of this pandemic. So we'll have to keep our masks and our distance, good ventilation, washing out hands, and adding in, maybe, a vaccine.