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Re: Who has gotten a Covid Vaccine Experiences? Phillipa

Posted by alexandra_k on February 14, 2021, at 12:10:46

In reply to Re: Who has gotten a Covid Vaccine Experiences? alexandra_k, posted by Phillipa on February 14, 2021, at 9:24:30

Right. Appointment with follow-up booked. It seems like the health system is broadly functional for you :)

I'm not sure we could pull that off, here. People are often lost to follow-up, here. I think, in some sense, we thought it was a worthy goal. The savings that could be made if only the people would give up this silly notion of having access to medical treatment.

From a psychological and also financial point of view there are people who are very invested in vaccines and vaccine development.

Apparently (I think I read this in Nature -- but I'm not sure)... The newer technology vaccines (the mrna ones) were really expensive to develop because of all the basic science level research that needed to go into developing them. And then the stuff for manufacturing. The stuff to keep them cold (maybe they need to be kept cold).

We might wonder... The cost of them... Are they worth it? What was wrong with the old way of doing things?

1) They are rolling out the mrna ones first... I guess it's a way of getting to do a large scale, co-ordinated, experimental trial to really get a handle on things like amount per dose, number of doses, spacing of doses...

2) The hope is that the research / investment in mrna vaccines will pay off because the benefits are:

2a) It is easier to change the 'instructions' in the vaccine. For example, present vaccines they can only choose a couple variants of influenza each year. They believe with the mrna vaccines they will be able to vaccinate against many many variants and also update the vaccines faster. To beat the evolution of influenza in the wild. That's a goal I do believe.

So they go on and on and on about how we are seeing new strains of Covid emerge...

And how our economies and lives are still in danger...

To justify the expense and experimentation that the world is currently undergoing with respect to mrna vaccine development.

I think *part of this* is going on. And a lot else, besides...




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