The researchers’ earliest estimate was that a successful and viable coVID-19 vaccine could reach the finish line by the end of the year and be ready for introduction into the general population.
However, judging by the impact on the coVID-19 pandemic, change will not happen overnight.
Getting everyone vaccinated will represent a major logistical challenge.
Even so, some scientists worry that the coronavirus vaccine won’t even work, or at least will offer little protection to one group — the obese.
By one estimate, more than 107 million Americans could be classified as “obese.”
We already know that vaccines that provide protection, from flu to tetanus and rabies, are ineffective against obese people, and the coVID-19 vaccine is likely to follow the same pattern, the researchers said.
“Will we have a [COVID-19] vaccine for obese people next year?
No way, “Raz Shaikh, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told CNN.
“Will it still work in obese people?
Our prediction is no.”
The CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that people with a body mass index above 40, including those considered to be over 100 pounds overweight, are the most likely to become critically ill due to a coronavirus.
That designation includes nearly 10 percent of Americans.
But as people learn more about the virus, the people it affects, and federal officials expand the category to include anyone with a BODY mass index of at least 30, and broaden the number of U.S. adults most at risk from coronavirus to more than 42 percent of Americans.