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There had been some confusion suggesting that we didn’t know we were giving a half dose when we gave it - that is really not true, what we were aware of was that we were using a different batch of a vaccine from a different manufacturer. We knew the measurements on it and we had been in discussions with regulators about how to move forward.
Found on Reuters 2 years ago
We don't fully understand that, but there's several ideas around as to how it might work, and we're exploring those.
In terms of how long it will last, we're less concerned about that. We've used this vaccine type before. Immunity is durable, certainly for a year, probably for longer than that.
That would be disappointing, and at the moment it's unlikely, but it's certainly a possibility.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
There's no Covid left in China. They can't finish.
It's like asking me about a renal drug, asking John about a vaccine. It's not what he does. It's what Sarah does every day and has done for 25 years.
We did not exaggerate anything. We're not backtracking at all from the 80 %.
It's a difficult disease to deal with. The tools we have are modestly effective but drugs and insecticides wear out -- after 10, 20 years mosquitoes become resistant. There's a real concern that in 2020s, [ cases ] are going to jump back up again.
Found on CNN 4 years ago
The real problem arises if it's given at 6-12 months. The cost of delivery will be greatly increased and we just don't know how feasible extra immunization time points will be, sadly, the data show the protection in younger infants, who we immunize routinely, is very modest, but it is better in older infants.
The real problem arises if it's given at 6-12 months. The cost of delivery will be greatly increased and we just don't know how feasible extra immunisation time points will be, sadly, the data show the protection in younger infants, who we immunise routinely, is very modest, but it is better in older infants.
If it continues, we will get an answer, and that would be very useful indeed.
The question is: How long are we going to wait around and just follow these outbreaks before we get serious about making vaccines? there is no sign of MERS going away. It's been around since 2012. And there is really clear evidence now of human-to-human transmission.
The chances are that South Korea will control it, but should we be taking this risk? No. Should we have made a MERS vaccine? Yes. Could anyone have afforded it? Yes, the government of Saudi Arabia. So should something be done? Yes, someone should go and develop a MERS vaccine sooner rather than later.
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