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Great, now the hand sanitizer we buy might be toxic? Looks like the best way to combat COVID-10 might be by getting vaccinated after all!

Which hand sanitizer brand did the FDA say is toxic?

The start of the COVID-19 pandemic only feels like yesterday, when many of us would race to the store and latch on to whatever toilet paper, Lysol, and hand sanitizer we could find, vigorously rubbing our hands together with the slippery, slimy, and cold chemicals that we thought would protect us. Thank God we’re in the vaccine area, where many of these precautions have slowed down, and just in the nick of time, too! 

Recently, the FDA added the artnaturals brand of hand sanitizer to their list of contaminated products due to possible cancerous chemicals, announcing that  “unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde and acetal contaminants” were in certain artnaturals scent-free hand sanitizers. The sanitizers are labeled with “DIST. by artnaturals Gardena, CA 90248,” according to the FDA. 

This product goes on the FDA list, currently set around 260, of dangerous products that were discovered by the FDA during the global pandemic containing dangerous and harmful ingredients, as reported by Fox News. So, what’s the best way to protect yourself if products like these continue to be shaky? We know, we know, broken record, but just get the “ouchi from Fauci” and get vaxxed, especially given all the good news! 

Pfizer making moves

Today, it appears as if Pfizer has asked the FDA for emergency approval for its COVID vaccine for kids between the ages of five and eleven. “Since July, pediatric cases of COVID-19 have risen by about 240 percent in the U.S., underscoring the public health need for vaccination,” Albert Bourla said recently, the chairman and CEO for Pfizer.

“Over the past nine months, hundreds of millions of people ages 12 and older from around the world have received our COVID-19 vaccine,” Bourla continued. “We are eager to extend the protection afforded by the vaccine to this younger population, subject to regulatory authorization, especially as we track the spread of the Delta variant and the substantial threat it poses to children.” 

While this is certainly promising news for parents who wish to get their children aged 5+ vaccinated, it still may be some time before the vaccine gets the official rollout, as Pfizer will have to submit the results of the trial to the FDA to review for emergency use. The current estimation is somewhere around late 2021. As well, trial results for children under five could also come later this year. 

“Already in March 2021, we have started the study to evaluate the immunization of younger children. Our objective was to generate and submit the data for schoolkids to regulatory authorities around the world before the winter season begins,” BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin said.

U.S. vaccines available

According to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 51% of U.S. citizens have been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus. As of today, there are three vaccines that are being used to fight the spread of COVID-19 and end the current global pandemic.

The first vaccine, developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, was first administered in the U.S. at the end of 2020. The second vaccine to fight COVID-19 was developed by Moderna, which was also first given the green light for emergency use at the tail-end of 2020. Both of these coronavirus vaccines are estimated to combat the coronavirus with an impressive effectiveness rate of over 93%. 

However, both vaccines currently require two separate doses, with each needing several weeks in between to build the proper antibodies for protection against the deadly disease. A third coronavirus vaccine, this time developed by Johnson & Johnson, was given the OK in early 2021. This vaccine, while not as efficient as Pfizer & Moderna, is said to have an effectiveness rate of over 85%, and requires only a single shot. 

What do you make of this potential toxic hand sanitizer? Do you use hand sanitizer often? And, if so, are you now concerned that it might be toxic? What about the vaccine? Do you plan to get one? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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