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  1. The debate is looming. A vaccine passport or proof of a negative test (lateral flow or rtPCR) to get in the pub. Oh my dear ! I'm really against the whole idea.There's already enough divisions in society without adding another one. I can see it now.The doorman, " No trainers, no trackies, proof of vaccination or negative test certificate or you don't get in. And anyway, you're far too old to be out this late anyway". Of course ,commercial enterprises like IProve just get orgasmic for it.And they are banging the drum for it very loudly. IPhones ,Passwords,so complicated even AL the computer couldn't hack it. Horrible selfies required. It does me head in. It's mad.It's all mad.
  2. ANNA B Very good points you make. With the help of vaccines and therapeutics we will have to embrace the Acceptable Risk concept as a means of getting back to normal. https://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/articles/professor-whitty-government-covid-acceptable-risk Being vaccinated reduces the risk of dying from the complications associated with a Cov-19 infection. As therapeutics get better, treatments will be more successful at saving lives. The long parade of experts and scientists keep on telling us that, the virus cannot be completely expunged and will be around for along time . I also do not want to go into another lock down. Returning back to normality cannot happen quick enough for me . I do think with the aid of vaccines and therapeutics, we will eventually be able to get rid of the none clinical measures that are being used to suppress Cov-19.
  3. Thirsty Relic, Just a thought experiment . Two facets of the ethics involved when considering Compensation. .Medical trial ethics experts separate ,Payment from Compensation. So, we are dealing with Compensation. The two facets are the following: If the compensation is too low . Then in marches, Exploitation. If the compensation is too high. Then in marches, Incentives. Over to you. You are temporarily the Head of the Ethics Panel for this Challenge Trial. Avoiding the two ethical traps-too high,too low. How would one arrive at four and a half grand as being the solution?
  4. The time will come again when we will be able to join together. And we will sing ,"It Is Well With My Soul".
  5. El Cid God bless the volunteers. But it's not ethical to pay them. Financial inducement taints the ability of the volunteer to objectively evaluate the risk to which they are being exposed. Compensation for their time, is a prudent choice of words.
  6. Annie Bynnol There isn't very much I disagree with you on. A major challenge for vaccine makers is to come up with a vaccine which stimulates lasting immunity. As far as I can determine-by distilling knowledge from what I read,is the following. Immunogenicity was noticed as an unexpected side effect from giving animals mRNA. Vaccine developers have run with it from there. Not with the animals I might add. The mobilising of the Adaptive Immune system by the mRNA vaccine is what should confer some lasting immunity. And that is why I'm glad I had the mRNA shot. Note: A robust innate immune response can clear a virus relatively quickly in an infected person ,but can leave them without much lasting immunity. mRNA is the most stripped down vector you can imagine. Consequently you do not run into so much immune response to the vector trouble. Which can be a problem on repeat dosing with other vaccines. So now I want my second dose.
  7. El Cid, "Which one would that be". Based on this and my own reading. My choice would be mRNA. That's the one I got. But you don't get a choice. Side effects caused by either one of the vaccine being dished out; appear to me to be innocuous-accept for sever allergic reaction. A major consideration for me,when studying which vaccine would I like to get, has been the T/B cell activation by the vaccines. https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/working-for-us/staff/covid-staff-faqs-vaccine.aspx https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-01194-5 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2814-7
  8. EL Cid, I do agree with your second paragraph. I would very much appreciate it, if you could elaborate on what you mean by,"very little scrutiny". I don't see how Pharma can get away with releasing fraudulent vaccine data into the public domain .
  9. This is going to be interesting. Let's hope it's a great leap forward. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/new-covid-19-trial-tests-mixing-two-different-vaccines-first-n1256683
  10. Some of these therapeutics look promising. AZD7442 is AsraZeneca trial. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/four-potential-covid-19-therapeutics-enter-phase-2-3-testing-nih-activ-2-trial
  11. Annie Bynnol. I absolutely agree with you. After 4 months it's possible that AstraZeneca (and others) have made some progress with the treatment. I'll dig into it and see what I can find.
  12. Possible treatment for those with an impaired immune system and those having immune suppressing treatments. Good news for them. In the campaign against Cov-19 nobody must be left behind, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55022288
  13. Annie Bynnol I really do not mean to be rude. But it appears to me that you are moralising. If so, you can take it up with , The Terrence Higgins Trust and NHS and the local council. https://www.tht.org.uk/hiv-and-sexual-health/prep-pre-exposure-prophylaxis
  14. Annis Bynnol, With respect .Your first sentence is wrong. HIV infection is-in the main- a sexually transmitted disease. Hiv can be contracted by blood to blood contact and intravenous dug use and contaminated blood supplies. Safe sex, not using drugs and a clean blood supply stop HIV infection in its tracks. So consequently HIV infection is preventable and treatable. Dipping into the HIV treatment basket science scoops up PrEP. If one is daft enough to indulge in unsafe sex. There's a treament you can take. PrPE does a pretty good job of stopping new cases. The reason people die from HIV infection is because they cannot get Antiretroviral treatment. Everybody who gets tested and are putt on Antiretrovirals do not progress to AIDS. The treatment works . And if treatment "puts a lid on the pandemic", then that is a worthwhile endeavour. The mRNA vaccine technology my give to the world a vaccination for HIV. I'm not arguing against vaccines. I'm of the opinion that vaccines are only part of the solution to saving lives during a viral pandemic. (Note : For those taking the trouble to read my post. I do appreciate that this thread is not a platform for discussing the pro and cons of HIV. So I'll stop now). PrEP | HIV Basics | HIV/AIDS | CDC www.cdc.gov › hiv › basics › prep PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV. This section answers some of the most common questions about PrEP. ‎About PrEP · ‎PrEP Effectiveness
  15. Annie Bynnol There's a viral infection that is successfully treated prophylactic ally by antiretroviral drugs. It's called HIV. HIV disease causes a whole range of damage to the human organism if left untreated. Yet many people are treated.The person power and resources -on a global scale -are marshalled in the campaign against the virus that causes AIDs. An effective prophylatic treatment for Cov-19 would be a worthy adjunct to mass vaccination. If one cannot access vaccines or one cannot be vaccinated, an effective treatment could be offered if you test positive. Putting all your eggs in the vaccine basket is scientifically shortsighted . Therapeutics for the treatment of Cov-19 are an absolute necessity for saving lives.Vaccines are just one step in that direction.
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