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CMO Dr. John Lee explains COVID-19 vaccine

CMO Dr. John Lee answers some of the common questions about COVID-19 vaccine.
How was the COVID-19 vaccine developed so quickly?

Ever wondered how the COVID-19 vaccine was developed in record time? Dr Lee explains.

The early release of funding allowed scientists to focus on creating an effective vaccine while ensuring all the necessary safety procedures were upheld throughout the trial stages.

Developing a vaccine typically takes years but much of the work had already begun on a coronavirus vaccine during recent previous pandemics such as SARS and MERS. This gave researchers a head start on creating a safe and effective vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19.

How will the COVID-19 vaccine help to control the global pandemic?

The approval of COVID-19 vaccines is an important breakthrough which will help to protect the population and bring back some level of normalcy to our lives once enough people are vaccinated.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr Lee, explains, we cannot guarantee the virus will be eliminated altogether. It may be the case that, like with measles and polio, the COVID-19 vaccine will help us control levels of the coronavirus around the world to a point where we can manage the virus effectively.

Help to protect yourself, your family and the community by getting vaccinated when you are able to do so.

Dr Lee explains: how does an mRNA vaccine work?

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine uses mRNA technology to stimulate our immune system to respond to a real viral threat by mimicking a natural infection without actually causing you to be sick.

Once the vaccine has trained your cells to mimic the virus, it's quickly destroyed and removed from the body.

mRNA technology has been studied and used successfully for decades in other medical fields such as for cancer treatments.

It's not capable of altering our DNA because it can't reach our cells' nucleus, which is where our DNA is stored.

Get vaccinated for yourself, your family and the community.

Should those who are immunocompromised get vaccinated?

If your immune system is weakened due to a pre-existing condition, you can still get vaccinated against COVID-19. This category include people with diabetes, heart conditions or organ transplants.

Vaccines provide a level of protection you otherwise wouldn't have. Speak to your doctor for advice specific to your condition.

Help to protect yourself, your family and the community by getting vaccinated.
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