that’s refreshing coming from you! clearly i was being facetious about anti-histamine tablets. what was your excuse for comparing covid to leprosy?
the covid vaccines are some of the fastest developed vaccines ever. they’re not pathetic: they work very well. they’re more effective than many other vaccines we have available for fast-mutating respiratory-type illnesses. flu vaccines – notably absent from your link, considering the similarity of flu to covid; covid isn't very similar to measles or rubella – perform worse on the whole despite decades of development and tens of millions of deaths; we have never developed a meaningful treatment for common cold, covid’s corona-type cousin.
we have multiple antiviral treatments now coming on-line and which will soon be available. you’ll literally be able to take a pill from a blister pack whenever you catch covid, which will ameliorate its worst effects. when did we ever have that for flu or cold? right now the best medical advice for the latter is to take a paracetamol or an anti-inflammatory painkiller.
you’re also missing a pretty big point, too, which is that the current generation of vaccines are all first-gen, emergency, plug-the-hole type stuff. there’s long-term research and development underway for BETTER vaccines. for instance, case studies in controlled environments, such as front-line hospital wards, pointed to the fact that some workers had a ‘natural’ immunity. likewise, we also know that people of south asian descent have a specific gene that makes them more susceptible to this type of respiratory illness (we have sequenced and isolated it).
what this means is that, in the future, we could use the ‘naturally immune’ group to develop a better universal vaccine that should confer long-lasting protection. that’s cause for optimism.
again there is nothing ‘pathetic’ about a 2-dose vaccine programme that gives 80% protection for that year/season. it’s much better than we give to our elderly and vulnerable each flu season. moderna looks very robust in the longitudinal studies, and a combo of an mRNA and AZ/J&J seems to perform well. (admittedly coordinating booster shots every 9-12 months for the most vulnerable poses a risk factor whilst the world is still scrambling to organise itself, as we are seeing this winter already.)
call me illiterate again! i think i’ve probably close-read and line-edited about 120 covid papers by this point. i’m sure you’re plugged into all the good sources with your daily scaremonger on ABC news.
Last edited by uziq (2021-11-11 16:07:56)