Dr Alex George has thrown his support behind the coronavirus vaccine, explaining that it will have gone through ‘rigorous’ testing and safety measures.
The Love Island star released a new YouTube video on Tuesday answering questions from his fans who are concerned about possible side effects of the medicine.
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has revealed that trials showed their vaccine was 90% effective in preventing Covid-19. Health Secretary Matt Hancock now hopes to have the vaccine rolled out by December if it’s approved.
Dr Alex, who works for the NHS, told his viewers: ‘Of course safety’s really important. When they look at any medication, there’s multiple factors that come into play but two of the really big things we think about is does it work? Is it safe?
‘Clearly that’s very important. In this scenario, 90% is very good. If you look at things, the flu vaccine doesn’t have that level. It’s still very worthwhile and saves lives so 90% is really, really good.’
He continued: ‘Is it safe? Of course we’ve got data at the moment for a significant amount of people but what they’ll be doing now is monitoring as it goes on if this does get accepted and created as a vaccine. I would say that’s a significant number of people not to have had any side effects reported.
‘Don’t forget, any vaccination or medication has to go through rigorous testing and review to prove that it is safe.’
Dr Alex reassured that although the vaccine could be available by the end of November, it doesn’t mean that any processes or safety elements can be skipped or not considered, stating this is ‘always paramount’.
Praising swift efforts in finding a vaccine to fight the deadly Covid-19, the TV star noted: ‘How impressive it is that we’ve gone from February/March to potentially a vaccine in less than a year.
‘The speed in which this has been done is incredible.’
The doctor also stated that he would ‘of course get the vaccine’.
However he was careful to advise: ‘I think it’s really important we don’t become complacent. Any lives lost now is a really preventable death.
It comes after Piers Morgan said he wants to get the vaccine on live TV in response to anti-vaxxers.
Credit: Original article published here.