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  1. I've put this link for the statistically minded on the Forum. https://www.statista.com/topics/6123/coronavirus-covid-19-in-the-nordics/
  2. West77. I'm in agreement with what you say in your last sentence. I'm 70+ with Asthma.But according to my last medical,generally in good health. I will be standing patiently (twice ,I presume) in line when it comes to it. Good health and a long life to you.
  3. It has occurred to me. That as we are patiently standing in line with our sleeve/gansey rolled up. There might be those with loads of money, slipping in the back door for their Cov-19 vaccination. Is it feasible ,that there will be an underground market through which a fist full of quids will queue jump you to a jab? After all, it's a business. And like some people sell a kidney. Could a person sell their place in the queue? Maybe I'm just being daft. Stay safe you all -not long to go.
  4. RiffRaff, You've stirred the cynic in me. You might like the document in the link. See page 6, Public confidence.... https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/pubs_archive/pubs-pdfs/2020/200709-The-Publics-Role-in-COVID-19-Vaccination.pd Link describes policy making in vaccine allocation. (US based . But policy concerns translate easily to UK context).
  5. Becky B You have probably read from the link what I've put in quotation marks. But it's worth adding here (for the rest of the Forum). mRNA vaccines are a major breakthrough in the whole of vaccination science. They show promise for vaccinating against Influenza (no more IIV and LAIV) . https://www.phgfoundation.org/briefing/rna-vaccines Such a breakthrough in vaccination science may very well bail us out . When,in the future, humanity is confronted by new emerging zoonotic viruses. The New York Times (MY Chrome Book 17/11/20)
  6. Becky B. Read the Lancet Article carefully. Danny Altman is out on his own and it's an opinion he is expressing. Vaccination is not compromised . With respect,I suggest you read up on the part played by T-cells in the immune system-and how the mRNA vaccine stimulates both Cell Mediated Immunity and Humoral Immunity. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2019.00594/full There's a lot of mischief yet to be generated around the efficacy and effectiveness of the mRNA vaccine for Cov-19 and it won't just be anti-vaxers stepping up to the Oche.
  7. A problem that has to be solved and confronted.Who should get the vaccine first. Should it be the elderly and the vulnerable first ? Or should it be the "super spreaders" first ? Of the two straightedges, which one is likely to result in suppressing Cov-19 ,to the point where some semblance of normal life is restored ?
  8. Read the "Interpretation " part of The Lancet article. Currently it is not known how long antibody immunity lasts for. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30764-7/fulltext Before anybody gets carried away with, "OMG. You can get it again". Paragraph 3 of the Discussion is worth a close read.
  9. Anna B, Most of England's schools follow the National Curriculum. If you dip into the link ,I've provided,you will see some of the topics that are being taught in our schools. The subject matter seems adequate to me. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
  10. Thirsty Relic There's been plenty of anti vax messaging on social media since the start of this Pandemic. The mRNA BioNTech vax is truly revolutionary. Below is the safety data released by Pfizer https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2639-4 (NB: Still waiting Phase 3 Safety Data) All vaccine makers really need to solve the unknown At the moment there's about 60 other vaccine candidates in various stages of human trials. So there is plenty to be optimistic about. As far as public trust in the vaccine is concerned. I'm reminded of that old saying," You can lead a horse to water.But a pencil must be lead". That's right is it not ?
  11. Thirsty Relic and Baron 99 both spot on The Moderna mRNA vaccine looks like it can be shipped and stored in ordinary freezer trucks. Other vaccine candidates seem to have even less severe storage requirements. Let's hope that there are very capable and clever people being drafted in to manage the whole storage and delivery programme of the BioNTech vaccine.
  12. There's going to be some interesting logistical problems to be addressed in getting the mRNA vaccine into people. Possible military run centres for large scale vaccination . I can't see how one can just nip up the GP's and get jabbed . Cold Chain logistics need to be sorted ,
  13. ElCid, I imagine there is going to be all kinds of "cold water pourings" gleefully articulated by various media platforms regarding the vaccine. I've included a link so that you can get your own take on the accuracy of the statement made on radio.4. NB: Go to page 37 and onwards. https://pfe-pfizercom-d8-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/2020-11/C4591001_Clinical_Protocol_Nov2020.pdf
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