Anyone wish to offer their opinion on the upcoming Pfizer and Moderna vaccines...? The medical professionals are saying they're going to be great, we don't know for sure yet how long the immunity will last but at least it's something, and despite how much more quickly than usual the process has gone, they should be relatively safe. It'll take a while longer and the worst of the pandemic is likely still ahead of us (especially given the numbers of people ignoring CDC guidance and crowding airports at the minute, getting ready to travel for Thanksgiving--and the same thing
sure to happen at Christmas) but "The cavalry is coming," Dr. Fauci says.
As much as I trust Dr. Fauci...I can't help but feel really skeptical about this one.
Not really because of any perceived danger in the vaccines (the experts mostly seem to agree that by the time these are (hopefully) approved, it will have been enough time, based on past vaccine developments, to determine them to be safe)...but more because:
1. it just didn't seem like a long enough amount of time passed to determine efficacy, I think they gave it a week?--with how long this virus takes to incubate AND display symptoms, this just seems iffy;
2. I'm not sure how they accounted for test subjects' odds of getting infected in the first place--for example, are these people going out without masks or other protective measures, deliberately TRYING to get infected?--if they're being safe or at least going about their normal lives, how can you tell if it was the vaccine or just a lack of exposure to the virus that accounts for them not getting infected?; and
3. this year has just sucked SO much, with almost NO good news to be had, and so many previous "miracle" treatments for this virus fizzled out soon enough...I just can't help but suspect we're all getting our hopes up way too soon.
I really hope I'm wrong, but it's hard to keep up that hope. Maybe I just don't understand the process well enough.
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