Note that the six-fold reduction reported is down from the eight-fold or even ten-fold numbers in earlier experiments (South Africa, Bloom Lab). Also note that according to the tweets linked above, the antibody profile generated by Pfizer/BioNtech is largely identical to Moderna's, so this data should more or less directly translate to their shot.[URL='https://www.statnews.com/2021/01/25/moderna-vaccine-less-effective-variant/' said:Stat[/URL]]
In lab research that involved testing whether blood from people who had received the vaccine could still fend off different coronavirus variants, scientists found that there was a six-fold reduction in the vaccine’s neutralizing power against the variant, called B.1.351, than against earlier forms of the coronavirus, Moderna reported.
Moderna said that despite the reduction in neutralizing antibodies against B.1.351, the antibody levels generated by its vaccine “remain above levels that are expected to be protective.”
“These lower titers [of antibodies against B.1.351] may suggest a potential risk of earlier waning of immunity to the new B.1.351 strains,” Moderna said.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has been tasked with attempting to return a $2 million stockpile of a malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as a way to treat the coronavirus.www.readfrontier.org
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TLDR, sounds like after emergency people, medical, and older than 65 get it will the vaccine be offered at pharmacies. Hopefully.
I hope they go mouth-nostril-arse with the swab and not the other way around.
...is it free, or do they charge admission?
Moderna are exploring boosters as "a safety blanket", which I think is the smart thing to do, without "milk more money" cynicism. Pfizer/BioNTech even stated they don't see a need to explore boosters at this point in time. Experts like Mt. Sinai's Flo Krammer say vaccine induced immunity can take another tenfold hit from mutations without being compromised.Effective but making boosters to milk more money or because it's more likely that without to be reinfected. In Brazil reinfections are indeed behind the second outbreak as P1 is more infectious and more deadly... watch that spike.
Well, the NSW authorities have been testing at wastewater facilities, detecting fragments of virus, and issuing alerts to communities for testing.