FAST FIVE: Dem Congressman Catches COVID After Receiving 2nd Dose Of Vaccine
Dem Congressman Catches COVID After Receiving 2nd Dose Of Vaccine As it turns out, Republicans aren't the only politicians capable of getting COVID.
Offering the latest reminder that the COVID-19 vaccine isn't 100% effective at stopping people from getting the virus, Democratic Representative Adriano Espaillat of New York announced that he had tested positive even after receiving the second dose of a vaccine.
The news comes as the CEO Moderna, the maker of one of one of the mRNA COVID vaccines, warned Wednesday that the coronavirus will be around “forever” – despite all that talk about the vaccine bringing back a sense of normalcy to the world.
And Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel isn't the only official and infectious disease expert to have discussed the high likelihood that COVID-19 will become an endemic disease, meaning it will become present in communities at all times, though likely at much lower levels than it is now.
As researchers in Ohio discover new mutant strains that likely evolved in the US, the long-term efficacy of vaccines, and the virus's ability to adapt and become more transmissible, or even more deadly, still aren't well understood.