The Coronavirus is still big and still growing as the days go by. Recently, the first COVID vaccine was approved by the FDA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has hit a milestone in the midst of this pandemic by fully approving Pfizer’s BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination for people 16 years of age and older. Unlike Pfizer, other vaccines have met the safety standards but none have ever been fully approved by the FDA. This newly approved vaccination should place confidence in the public to get the vaccine and trust that it meets the high safety standards, and the strong effect it has on people. Full FDA approval takes at least six months of conclusive data meaning this vaccine has been researched fully and is most likely the safest and most reliable one to receive.
Even though the FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine, the Delta variant is getting worse and worse as time goes on. This variant was first detected in India last October and has since made its way to the United States. Deaths and cases are continuously rising in the majority of the country and the surge is constantly reaching new peaks every day as it is a very highly transmissible virus. The Delta has become the top strain that affects COVID rates of the four known variants. As it continues to grow and evolve, COVID will also likely continue to grow.
Another recent thing that has become big is the showing of vaccination proof to attend certain events or go to certain places. For example, LSU has made a new rule that requires people of ages 12 and up to show proof that they have been vaccinated if they would like to attend a home football game. However, if said person has not been vaccinated they can still attend the game if they show proof of receiving a negative COVID test. This rule will be put into place when they have their first home game on September 11 of this year. More and more places are starting to require vaccination proof and it will continue to be like this if the Delta and COVID continue to get worse.