Boris and Matt Hancock are now both heavily citing Easter 2021 as a desired point of return to near-normality (for the UK, at least), so I think the end may well be closer than we expect!It’s the beginning of the end ???
A day which I honestly never thought would come back in March (as my posts here would suggest) I just didn’t think a vaccine would be possible quickly enough to shape the pandemic... But I’ve never been happier to eat humble pie!!! We now have a cheap, easy to administer, and effective vaccine... With millions of doses ready to go!!!
Oxford interim results show an efficacy of 90% on one of their dosage regimes. It suggests reductions in transmission in asymptotic patients... And best of all, it shows 100% prevention of serious / hospital cases!!!
This jab costs a couple of quid, began manufacturing globally in different countries months ago, and does not require a cold chain of the likes of Pfizer / Moderna.
The MHRA and other nation’s regulatory bodies have been conducting ‘rolling reviews’ since October, so could receive final approval very soon.
Whilst now is NOT the time to let your guard down... I believe today IS a day to celebrate. Today is the beginning of the end!!!
Those vaccines are very exciting, but for a return to normality, vaccinations need to be available globally, even in the poorest and most remote places.Boris and Matt Hancock are now both heavily citing Easter 2021 as a desired point of return to near-normality (for the UK, at least), so I think the end may well be closer than we expect!
It should be pointed out, however, that we do have 2 other vaccines already shown to have higher efficacy (Pfizer and Moderna), so technically speaking, the end could have even begun a few weeks back!
The AstraZeneca candidate, however, despite having lower efficacy, is cheaper and easier to store, so it will be helpful for low to middle income countries.
In his defence, when I read the [BBC] breaking news article when it came out it was pushing the 70% only. No mention of 90%.I’ve hardly seen mention of the 70 :/ where are you based?
At that price I'd probably buy two lots and get myself 140% vaccinated as well, just to be safe.70% was mention last night in the government 'briefing'; but I think it's important to say the Oxford vaccine is relatively inexpensive compared to the other vaccines at a estimated cost of £1-£2 per dose, so under £5 per person for the two doses required and it can be stored easily and administrated easily.
This is extremely good value for money, considering Night Nurse - a off the shelf medicine is around £5 per 100ml for the end user.