The year of 2020 was dominated by the news of how COVID-19 spread around the world, and how life has been changed by the disruption of this pandemic. We have witnessed the journeys of battling the disease, dedication and sacrifices by the front-line heroes, and the emotional roller coaster of wondering when this pandemic would end, or when we’d have vaccines that safely protect us from the unprecedented pandemic.
The UK government authorized the first vaccine use for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine on Dec 2, 2020, and following that, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the use of the vaccine in the United States on December 11, 2020. Since then, governments and health organizations across the globe have focused on ending the pandemic through vaccine distribution.
Despite this effort, we continue to face various blocks for vaccine distribution. Initially, due to limited supply, certain groups of individuals were prioritized; states in the US gradually began mass vaccination in late March, with all US adults eligible for the vaccine in late April. Although the Biden administration has been pushing very hard to end this pandemic by providing easy, fast and streamlined access to vaccines, various factors play into the result of getting vaccinated or not: education, income, occupation, religious beliefs, politics, geographies, and many other socio-economic determinants.