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  1. Yes, he's quite right. Really, testing negative in a 14 day period is the only safe way. Covid 19 vaccines primarily prevent serious illness. Only when the majority of people in Thailand have been vaccinated can international tourism be considered.
  2. Yes, therein lays their strength and weakness. I've heard them described as 'workhorses' and that seems a perfect metaphor to me- good and bad. I do think the J and J vaccine is really useful, and likely should form part of the arsenal in a country's vaccination drive. I would be very grateful if offered it. South Africa in particular will have a lot to be grateful for. The best thing USA could do is roll it out immediately and make it the mainstay of its drive, as UK is doing with the AZ vaccine. The only thing that frightens me (a bit) about the vector vaccines is
  3. Without modern medicine I would undoubtedly be dead by now- and I am the slim, sporty, not so old, and have what is called 'good genes'. You know full well that vaccines used so far in the UK have prevented 80-95% of hospitalizations. Yes, it is regrettable that capitalism has such a sway on our lives.
  4. I'm curious why J and J vaccine can be billed as a one shot vaccine, when it appears to be basically the same as the AZ and SputnikV vaccine. I guess we could call the latter 'one shot' too. Yes, it is good news. I'd say the best thing about the J and J vaccine is that it appears more resistant to later strains. It does appear to have lower overall efficacy, but my guess is that with the right dosing strategy (probably 2 shot) it will be be very effective in the real world setting. What the Europeans don't seem to grasp is that it's quite probable that vaccines will
  5. I should have clarified that I meant less serious side effects that are nevertheless quite harsh, such as a high fever and nausea, which are temporary however. There have been reports that health workers in EU have found the AZ vaccine very hard to tolerate, although this could just as easily be a 'nocebo' effect. Thanks for the link.
  6. This is a key point. Nobody can claim herd immunity for their country, if the virus is raging elsewhere because it's under these conditions that variants emerge that may be resistant to existing vaccines- this has already happened in South Africa, where the AZ vaccine is regarded as ineffective (although I remain to be convinced).
  7. Yes, I'd take it if it was offered to me. Ultimately my goal is to prevent me from becoming seriously ill from covid19 in the next year. I believe it would help.
  8. Or the effects of social distancing, unemployment, etc. We can't simply deduce it is directly because of covid19 infection.
  9. Not just that, some countries have spun such a yarn about the AZ vaccine that it simply could not now be rolled out since the uptake would be too low. It's the same in the USA. Meanwhile AZ and UK health authorities appear to have been completely vindicated on both its vaccine and the new first dosing strategy. For balance of argument, it needs to be said that AZ vaccine may induce some quite nasty side effects - albeit temporary- in some people. But I believe this is much the same with the mRNA vaccines.
  10. It is true that in order to gauge the real effect of covid19 comparisons should be made with previous figures. If the death rate remains static then the effect is negligible. In Thailand's case that would be because of effective blocking of the virus through closed borders, lockdowns, social distancing, and possibly mask wearing. The argument that covid19 is not dangerous because of the low death rate in Thailand is utterly erroneous. Rather it vindicates the health policy. One has to ask what the rate would be if effective measures had not been taken? We only need to cast a g
  11. Herd immunity is a holy grail imo. It won't be achieved by any vaccine. And as soon as a new variant comes along we're back to more outbreaks. If you think about it, why we are so concerned with covid19 is because it has the singular ability to play havoc with the immune system. With vaccinations, it simply becomes another cold/URTI. Better to concentrate on saving lives than dream of the unobtainable.
  12. What annoys me is that many news agencies are still quoting 60% efficacy as if it was written in stone. The vaccine has been so badly maligned that take up in Europe (particularly Germany) is dismal. Effectively hundreds and perhaps thousands of lives have been lost because of scaremongering. Macron, especially, should be called to account for what he said.
  13. Well, with the Pfizer vaccine yes, but remember this is real world data. Both are performing brilliantly. It's the UK variant too.
  14. And that's even with just one dose. Yet to be peer reviewed. But what is most staggering is that this is on older age groups. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9278683/Nadhim-Zahawi-says-evidence-looks-good-vaccines-lower-Covid-transmission.html
  15. Good news, but it is still not fridge temperature, and is a very fragile vaccine.
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