Vaccine won’t make things better immediately

SEATTLE – A study done by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reports it will take time before the vaccines against COVID-19 impact the pandemic. While 65,000 doses due to arrive in the state by mid-December, researchers say deaths will continue to rise through the end of April.

The researchers reported that the vaccine will have little to no impact on COVID-19 cases through February and the most effective way of making a difference in the number of cases is by wearing masks in public. One doctor in the Seattle area estimated to reporters that if people had listened to the warning and worn masks, 70,000 lives would have been saved.

The vaccine is expected to save lives, but not immediately. It will not impact infection rates through January and February.