Coronavirus update: Will my sense of smell return and is the vaccine safe? Doctors answer

There are many unanswered questions and concerns felt by many Britons regarding symptoms of and the new vaccine. Fortunately, Dr Hilary and Dr Zoe were on hand on Lorraine this morning to help answer some of those pressing questions and offer some insight and assurance regarding the new vaccine.

Another viewer put forward her concern of her loss of taste and smell and was worried about when it will return.

Dr Hilary said: “The average time is about eight day for it to come back.

“Some may take a bit longer of up to 28 days, but it will return.”

The new vaccine is being co-developed by BioNTech in Mainz, Germany.

It consists of molecular instructions in the form of messenger RNA which is for human cells to make the coronavirus spike protein, the immune system’s key target for the virus.

It’s a two-dose vaccine which has previously showed promising results in animal studies and early-stage clinical trials.

However, health experts have stated the only way for them to really know if the vaccine works is to give it to a large number of people and then follow this up over a period of a few weeks or even a few months.

Vaccines are responsible for many global public health successes, such as the eradication of smallpox and significant reductions in other serious infections like polio and measles.

Even so, vaccinations have also long been the subject of various ethical controversies.

The excitement and enthusiasm for a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2020 is both palpable and understandable, said Scientific American.

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The site added: “We all hope for a rapid end to the pandemic and an effective vaccine would be a sure-fire solution.

“But there are risks that come with a fast-tracked vaccine delivered end of this year, not the least of which are the risks related to the safety of the vaccine itself.”



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