That Vaccine—When?

We hear a lot of information about that marvelous vaccine for the Covid-19 virus…..but seriously…..when will it be ready?

This report in the UK’s The Guardian……

Even at their most effective – and draconian – containment strategies have only slowed the spread of the respiratory disease Covid-19. With the World Health Organization finally declaring a pandemic, all eyes have turned to the prospect of a vaccine, because only a vaccine can prevent people from getting sick.

About 35 companies and academic institutions are racing to create such a vaccine, at least four of which already have candidates they have been testing in animals. The first of these – produced by Boston-based biotech firm Moderna – will enter human trials imminently.

This unprecedented speed is thanks in large part to early Chinese efforts to sequence the genetic material of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. China shared that sequence in early January, allowing research groups around the world to grow the live virus and study how it invades human cells and makes people sick.

The report on a timeline for the this vaccine…..

For coronavirus vaccine watchers, some news from Johnson & Johnson. After announcing in February that it expected vaccine trials to begin in as few as 8 months, on Monday it updated that timeline to seven. The Wall Street Journal reports the company has chosen its “lead candidate” and that human trials will begin no later than September. Its vision is to have the vaccine ready to go in the early part of next year and to manufacture 1 billion doses in 2021. Thanks to an FDA emergency-use authorization, that would be a much faster timeline than the 18 months it usually takes for testing, approval, and production; CNBC notes the company says developing a vaccine typically takes it 5 to 7 years.

It’ll get there with help from the feds: The government has agreed to pony up $421 million as part of the company’s overall plan to sink $1 billion into expanded manufacturing capacity. It will start on construction of a US facility now as well as expand its capabilities overseas with the expectation it will have data from clinical trials by the end of 2020 that will let it begin manufacturing vaccines at that point, reports Reuters. For now, animal trials will continue. In terms of the vaccine’s promise, the company says the vaccine relies on the same technology that underpins its Ebola vaccine. Johnson & Johnson says it will sell the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis but didn’t get more specific than that. Its stock is trading up 6.3% on the news.

The US built one of the best pandemic response plans……and then pissed it away…..

Security advisors from the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and other interests did not prevaricate over Garrett’s warning: “They went straight to the Oval Office.” Bush ordered the creation of a pandemic preparedness plan, the first to be formulated by the US government.

Garrett had seen what a failure to prepare for disaster could mean when, a week after the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, letters containing the deadly anthrax bacteria began arriving at the offices of politicians and media organisations in the US. As agencies competed and interfered with one another’s work, Garrett saw fist-fights between investigators.

Health insurance providers will be hit hard from this pandemic….and what will their response be?

A new analysis warning that U.S. health insurance companies could hike already exorbitant premiums by 40 percent or more next year amid the coronavirus pandemic was received by Medicare for All advocates as further confirmation that America’s healthcare system—driven first and foremost by the profit motive—is ill-equipped to provide necessary care for all, particularly in a time of nationwide crisis.

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8 thoughts on “That Vaccine—When?

  1. A report on the BBC yesterday claimed trials of a vaccine are still 18 months away. And that’s only the trials. I think we have to forget about any widespread vaccination for a long time to come. Or they could change the rules, and allow people to voulteer for test shots.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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