In September of 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) published a report with a warning—our risk of a global pandemic was on the rise, and the world was not prepared. Three months later, in December 2019, the first COVID-19 cases were reported to the World Health Organization.
Releasing a vaccine to the public where it can make a positive impact on public health and individual lives is a complex process. Quality control testing is critical at every stage, from initial development to full-scale production, to make sure vaccines are as safe as possible.
To beat the COVID-19 pandemic, a combination of strategies for testing, treatment, vaccination, and community mitigation measures is needed. Research on protective immunity is especially important, both because current understanding is limited and because of its implications for testing strategies and vaccination.
Because the 2020 National PA Week falls during a pandemic, it is especially significant. This year, PAs across the country have chosen to join together during National PA Week to remind the public how important vaccinations are and to encourage everyone to get a flu shot.