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There's heavy consequences because we're starting to see not only breakthrough hospitalizations, but even breakthrough deaths in people getting only two doses of the vaccine and not getting the booster -- especially those over the age of 65 -- so this is more than a theoretical discussion. Lives are being lost because of the messaging.
The big unknown is this: How much of that decline is due to something quirky because of the Omicron variant? Or, is this a weakness in the technology and it's not holding up? And it's very hard to sort out, all vaccines have strengths and weaknesses, and it may be that for mRNA that it does not produce durable protection. It could be that you go in, use mRNA vaccines to rapidly immunize a population, stabilize it, but then over time, you're going to have to come in with a heterologous boost that's a different technology.
When you look at the sequence of the virus in terms of its transmissibility, it looks a lot like the Alpha variant that arose out of the UK and came to the US at the beginning part of the year, which was more transmissible than the original lineage but not more transmissible than Delta, on that basis, I actually don't think Omicron is necessarily going to outcompete Delta.
We need clarification on the percentage of children who have debilitating effects from Covid, especially neurological effects in the developing brain, we need the pediatric neurological societies to really look into this more in depth. ... We tend to use very blunt instruments when talking about either adolescents' or children's deaths, and only hospitalizations. There are so many more dimensions to Covid than that.
This is twice as infectious as anything we’ve seen before, so if you are not vaccinated or you are only partially vaccinated, there's a high likelihood that you will become infected with this Delta variant over the next few weeks or over the summer, it's not too late. Now is the time to get vaccinated. And if you’re a young adult or adolescent, don’t listen to the anti-vaccine nonsense that says if you go to the gym eat a healthy diet, that’s good enough. It's not. It's not the same as the virus neutralizing the antibodies from the vaccine.
I have to believe this, with this new Delta variant, the same thing is going to happen again with anyone who's either unvaccinated or only a single dose of vaccine, and so this is the time for everyone to get vaccinated, because even if you want to get yourself vaccinated tomorrow or your adolescent child tomorrow, it's still going to take five to six weeks to get both of those doses of vaccine and then another week after that.
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.
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.
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.