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But we know that this is a range, it's a probability, and roughly about 90 % become positive within 10 or 11 days, so possibly that's what they're looking at is cutting it short those extra three days because 90 % of the people are going to be positive by that period, and even 14 days is not perfect.
Intuitively, Baylor College of Medicine doesn't make sense to claim 92 % protection just based on 20 events. But we'll have to see the data, the regulators need to see the data and a regulatory authority that has experience should review the data such as the EMA, the European Medicines Agency. They're the ones that really need to look at this and say, well, you know, this is too small, really, for you to say is 92 % effective.
These are not' hot spots' or'em bers.' Instead, we are seeing a massive resurgence of Covid-19 across the American South, especially in our metro areas, now at 50,000 cases per day and rapidly approaching 100,000 cases per day in the coming weeks, this is not a temporary problem and it is not limited to a few hot spots.
Trying to do science by press release, without backing it up, either with a traditional journal or a preprint... has universally led to misunderstanding and has no place in science. The biotechs are doing it because they're writing for their shareholders, they're writing for their investors, but it's being done in a way that's oblivious to its public health impact and needs to stop.
The good news is,( the vaccine) is producing neutralizing antibodies, which scientists think is important for protective immunity against Covid-19, what is less certain is whether the levels of neutralizing antibody are high enough to confer complete protection, or whether this will be partially protective.
Poverty is seldom evenly distributed across the country. Poverty clusters in pockets. It clusters in northeastern Brazil, it clusters in northern Argentina, it clusters in southern Mexico, it clusters in southwestern China, well, it's the same thing in the USA. Poverty is clustered in the American South.
So many of these neglected tropical diseases are not acute infections like ... the flu or common cold, many are chronic, debilitating conditions that mimic non-communicable diseases ... If somebody has epilepsy, they don't think of cysticercosis ... If a child tests poorly in school, the pediatrician or nurse practitioner won't think of toxocariasis.