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Vaccines may not return us to normal. Chaos may come instead

The New York Times reports that ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials are so different that there will be chaos in the spring.

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This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot, the company announced Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot, the company announced Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

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The New York Times recently published a piece about the chaos that may begin within the United States and around the world onceCOVID-19 vaccinesbecame available.

  • The simple takeaway — the vaccine won’t be an on-off switch to return us to normal.
  • “It has not yet dawned on hardly anybody the amount of complexity and chaos and confusion that will happen in a few short months,” Dr. Gregory Poland, the director of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic, told The New York Times.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccine remain in development from companies like Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and more. All of them are undergoing different tests with different participants.

The future may resemble something like this:

  • Americans may have to choose between several COVID-19 vaccines. Minor differences could be at play.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may offer guidelines for which COVID-19 vaccine to take depending on your age, gender, weight or more (which is hard to do in itself), according to The New York Times.
  • There could be a vaccine that may require you to still wear a mask.