KYW Medical Report: No quick fix when it comes to COVID-19

People queue outside the mass NHS Covid-19 vaccine centre that has been set up
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People queue outside the mass NHS Covid-19 vaccine centre that has been set up Photo credit Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We would all like a "Quick fix" when it comes to COVID-19, but nothing with the coronavirus happens quickly.

The U.K. has made a decision to break from the scientific studies that were done surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines. They feel that by delaying the booster shot or actually eliminating it, there could be more widespread distribution of the vaccine.

However, decisions surrounding vaccines and medications can't be made on a whim. Without studies and evidence to support just one dose or a prolonged period of time between doses, protection could be reduced or mutant strains of COVID-19 could develop.

The answer to the U.K. problem is simple: everyone should continue wearing masks and social distancing while more vaccines are produced and distributed.

In the long run, people will be safer.

When it comes to COVID-19, there is not a quick fix.