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Covid-19 #30: Vaccines and All That JJAZ

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21 minutes ago, Padraig said:

Herd immunity is a rather nebulous target.   You can't compare the last couple of months with an environment with potential "herd immunity" because in that environment there are little to no restrictions (presumably).  People are behaving like they did pre-COVID and COVID would still not be spreading.

I've not seen a figure as low as 60% but perhaps I have missed something.  Strikes me as very optimistic though.

But it might depend on what a person means by "herd immunity".  COVID could still be spreading but not in a potentially uncontrolled way?  Sure, that might be 60%.  Or if all the vulnerable people are vaccinated, then fatalities are likely to be extremely low?  Maybe that is at 60% also.  I don't know.

I imagine the UK wouldn't have much trouble hitting herd immunity either way (assuming it doesn't turn out to be 95% or something equally ridiculous).  Regulators will sign off on the over 11s being vaccinated in the next couple of months.

France might be more resistant but having a few good country examples of the benefit of vaccination should help a lot.  The rep of Pfizer/Biontech should help too.  And yes, simply knowing people have been vaccinated...

Just a bit of info on the vaccine cocktail.

I think early days Fauci was citing 60-70% as a herd immunity threshold, though think that has moved since, but we don’t know if it’s moving because they just want to appear cautious or not, though he’s said he think he’s probably 70-90 now.

Point is, he doesn’t know. We’ll have to see what happens here in the Uk , cases haven’t really gone up since opening up or opening schools, but we’ll be able to see in the next few weeks where we are

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6 hours ago, Mudguard said:

The big question right now is whether we can vaccinate enough people to get to or near herd immunity so that the virus begins to die out.  That's where everyone wants to get to.  In the US, it's going to take a combination of vaccinated people and people immune from getting infected to get to herd immunity.  Something like 50% of Republicans, so about 25% of the country, still refuse to get vaccinated.  No idea how problematic this is for other countries.  The problem is that the longer the virus circulates, the higher the likelihood that another problematic variant emerges that will require a new vaccine.

Republicans are less numerous than that, but its not just registered Republicans who are being idiotic assholes. Last I saw, it was about 35% of adults who don't want the vaccine, and they'll presumably try to stop their kids from getting it too.

Three things that would help a lot: 1) Have the FDA give full approval to the vaccine so that members of the military can be ordered to take it (under current law, military members can refuse medications that only have emergency authorization approval; and it seems to be about 40% of them have refused the vaccines so far), 2) Have states mandates that kids be vaccinated, once it's approved for them, for them to attend school, 3) Encourage corporations to refuse to conduct in-person business with customers who aren't vaccinated, starting sometime this summer once everyone who wants the vaccine has had time to get it.

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They opened our volunteering for AZ website yesterday. Of course it crashed immediately but they got 18 000 volunteers between last night and this morning. We have 15 000 doses available currently and no info about any further deliveries in May.

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The idea that you can just choose to not be with people who are risky is a really bad take. Even taking out the idea that you're just totes cool with them suffering and dying, the real problem is that the vaccine does not stop spread entirely nor does it work perfectly. This is why we keep getting outbreaks of things like measles.

And it also means any one who cannot get the vaccine - because they are ineligible or because it will not work for them - will be forced to risk their life or forced to stay at home. 

This libertarian ideal of allowing the assholes to dictate who has the right to exist in society is pretty shitty.

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Maybe the vaccinations should have started with GenX if we were going to make it cool like this

 

 

 

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I've also been playing around with the ECDC vaccine tracker https://vaccinetracker.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/vaccine-tracker.html#distribution-tab

Not sure if it's been linked here before but it lets you look at all interesting stats such as different doses per supplier, uptake by age group etc. Ireland vaccinated 99,9% of its over 80 population, impressive!

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2 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:

In other news, Ted Nugent has announced he has Covid-19. He has been a Covid denier.

He doesnt have COVID, he just has cat-scratch fever.

(yes, I know its bacterial rather than viral, but his oeuvre is remarkably light on animal-based diseases transmittable to humans)

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Determining to keep people who refuse to vaccinate out of one's personal space, and as much as possible out of all one's activities, and demanding some kind of 'vaccine passport-proof of vaccination, as when selling theater tickets, is more likely to push people into finally getting themselves vaccinated too. Just like making it so difficult to smoke indoors anywhere. including refusing lighting up in one's own home, in the office, in bars, made smoking such a pita that more people quit who were determined not to.  Except the true die-hards, who often then due die of lung cancer.

Of course there are all those stupid crazy types whose thinking is incomprehensible to any normal, sensible person, who will still refuse vaccination, but will spend all kinds of money for a fake vaccination passport.

These people who behave like this are truly dangerous to all the rest o us -- just as their almost invariably accompanying beliefs about the Election Big Lie, their racism and general bigotry and meanesses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/22/soon-we-need-stop-catering-vaccine-holdouts/

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....In other words, no one can blame responsible health-care officials for residual, militant vaccine hesitancy. The number of those who do not want the vaccine (roughly 20 percent) has been immovable since January, suggesting these people — which includes as much as 40 percent of Republicans — are impervious to reason and facts.

In fact, a recent focus group of vaccine-hesitant voters found that some of these people would lie about being vaccinated. The Post reports: “Most participants said they would want a fake vaccination card that would allow them to claim they had received shots, after [GOP pollster Frank] Luntz granted them anonymity to speak honestly.” Given the existence of such self-destructive, selfish and potentially deceitful people, secure vaccine passports are warranted.....

 

Which is why, along with the Big Lie Believers whose first Big Lie they joyeously embraced was that yellow jerkwaddie was what this country needed, not equality and fairness, I no longer believe in the least in 'education', much less discussion with these people. They are unreachable, their choice.  I'm not wasting my precious time.

In this case of the virus I say, "Let them get sick, let them die," except they infect innocent others, particularly the younger ones growing up around and with them, to whom they also deny the vaccination.

The uneducated who refuse education by their choice, includes those who keep banging on about 'herd immunity' which does not come close to existing anywhere, and never will, until all around the globe the vast majority of people are vaccinated.

This is a global world -- and those who bang on about herd immunity are the first who think closing down to contain the infections is bad for 'the economy' and cannot and should not be done. And besides, kids hardly ever get sick, and not very badly, But no matter how much and often the evidence is provided them, including the ever increasing number of kids who do get sick and even after recovery, the severe conditions developed that seem not to go away,  these still blather 'herd immunity.'

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1 hour ago, Filippa Eilhart said:

I wish they had daily figures.  Or at least, I couldn't find it there.  I'd like to see how trends are developing.  ourworldindata tries to do daily trends but it is a little hit and miss.

And yes, I imagine Ireland will do rather well with uptake, although it wouldn't stay at 99.9%! :)

2 hours ago, Filippa Eilhart said:

They opened our volunteering for AZ website yesterday. Of course it crashed immediately but they got 18 000 volunteers between last night and this morning. We have 15 000 doses available currently and no info about any further deliveries in May.

That is very impressive.  I wish we would try something a bit more radical.  We were doing reasonably well until April but the AZ/J&J issues have left us flailing.  So while we are seeing an increase in vaccination, its lower than other countries.  What has Luxembourg done with J&J?  We wouldn't decide until next week.

3 hours ago, Heartofice said:

Point is, he doesn’t know. We’ll have to see what happens here in the Uk , cases haven’t really gone up since opening up or opening schools, but we’ll be able to see in the next few weeks where we are

Yes.  The idea of opening up those big indoor activities without masks seem a bit away yet, but I could be surprised I suppose.

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Okay, somehow I managed to take a day that I should be celebrating and still turn into a day full of regret solely because I'm an absolute idiot! Gaaaargh!

So I got my first vaccine shot today. Which in itself would be great. But I messed up due to my usual inability to go from point A to point B. On the map my route to the vaccination center looked simple enough. Take the bus until I reach a stop near a river, on the other side is the vaccination center. I then only need to cross a bridge and then take the shuttle bus waiting there.

When I arrived I soon realized a slight problem. In between bus stop and bridge is a huge ass motorway with six lanes. No obvious way to cross it except a little bicycle trail below the motorway bridge. To get there I had to climb down a couple of stairs. No biggie I thought. So I went down the stairs, deep in thought about where to go next but pretty sure I still kept my gaze towards the steps I had to take. Except there suddenly was no step. And before I realized what was happening I was sliding the stairs down on my ass. Looking back I saw that there were two whole stairs missing for some mindbuggling reason, the gaps just being twice as big. Of course I wasn't entirely using my ass to traverse the countryside, I just came from school, so I had my backpack on. WIth my laptop in it! So I frantically pulled it out and... breathed a sigh of relief to see that was seemingly intact. So I went to have my shot, brused and with two missing fingernails, but otherwise fine.

... except that when was in the waiting room after my shot I checked on my laptop again and saw that it did take some damage. In one corner a big chunk of the casing had broken off, though luckily nowhere close to any ports or anything, but the screen casing at the same corner was broken up as well, which is pretty damn dangerous to the screen. The laptop itself seems to work fine as of yet and after I glued the casing the damage is surprisingly unintrusive, but I feel like I can't take it to school anymore out of fear to make it worse.

Great. And here I thought the only thing I would worry about today would be that irking feeling like I cut in line in front of lots of older people who are still not vaccinated.

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8 minutes ago, Padraig said:

What has Luxembourg done with J&J?  We wouldn't decide until next week.

They paused until the EMA review but administered the rest of the doses now. We only got 2500 though.

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Really like the idea of making minors be vaccinated in order to attend the schools and mandating the armed service members be vaccinated as well. 

Ideally we would apply as much pressure as possible on anyone we can force to get immunized. It is a public health issue and these covid deniers are endangering the public at large.

This or deport them to the mariannes(sp) trench and be done with it.:D

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@Toth  I am so sorry that happened.  It's not really your fault, you know. This could happen to anybody -- particularly me, particularly when one is in a location with which we have no familiarity, trying to pay attention to so much all at once.  So please don't beat yourself up. You have enough pain as it is, with missing fingernails, anxiety about your laptop.  Take some tylenol -- for the pain in your fingers, for sure!

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The people that either believe that covid-19 does not kill people(they died with it not because of it approach) or that the people who died would have died soon anyway are now completly sure that people like Prince Philip died because of the vaccine. You can't make that shit up. 

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15 hours ago, S John said:

I’m tired of hearing their bullshit and I can’t wait until the only people hurt by their destructive and moronic behavior will be themselves and others like them.

That will never happen as long as there are many of these people though. The vaccine is a means of tricking the immune system into recognizing the virus and destroying it before it can do harm, but the downside of this is that it may not work well (or at all) for people with weakened immune systems. There is a variety of diseases and disorders (auto-immune disorders, organ transplants, etc.) which either directly or indirectly result in these people having weakened or suppressed immune systems and it's not at all obvious that even the best of the vaccines will work for them. There are also people who are allergic to something about the vaccine and therefore can't get it even if they wanted to. Thus, the only way to truly stop the virus from hurting people who are doing their best to stop it is to end it once and for all.

I got my second shot of Pfizer yesterday. The reaction is way worse than after the first shot (this time, there was fever and muscle aches in addition to the sore arm), but it appears to be subsiding.

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Canada has stopped flights from India and Pakistan for the next 30 days, starting tonight.

The mayor of the community where Toronto’s airport is located just wants the airport shut down, period. And people are complaining that people in India and Pakistan can just travel through alternate countries.

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Seems a wise move, on Canada's part. 

Partner observed, "India, another country like Brasil, and in nightmarish memory, the US, run by a rightwinger.:

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4 hours ago, Filippa Eilhart said:

They paused until the EMA review but administered the rest of the doses now. We only got 2500 though.

But there is no age restriction?  AZ is limited to over 60s here.  If J&J is treated the same, then its effectively useless.  I think France have gone with 55 (for now).  Germany hasn't released a figure yet (I think).

The UK has released a lot more info on these blood disorders. 

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Of the 168 cases in the latest summary, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST or blood clots in the brain) was reported in 77 cases, with an average age of 47.  A further 91 cases had other "major thromboembolic events" along with thrombocytopenia - low platelet counts - with an average age of 55.

Overall, 93 women and 75 men suffered clots after receiving the vaccine.

Based on that, age and gender don't seem to be contributing factors.  You should restrict from younger people because they are less likely to get bad cases of COVID (and thus, the balance of risks around using AZ is poorer), not because they are more likely to get this blood disorder.

https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2021/0422/1211516-uk-astrazeneca/

1 hour ago, Altherion said:

The vaccine is a means of tricking the immune system into recognizing the virus and destroying it before it can do harm, but the downside of this is that it may not work well (or at all) for people with weakened immune systems.

Yes.  In South Africa, the Novavax vaccine fell from 60% efficiacy to almost 40% (IIRC) based on whether a patient had HIV.  That was against the South African variant.

By the way, do they know how bad the Indian variant is yet?  Similar to the South African one?  Or even worse? Or better.

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