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Why you should wait until the Biden Admin’s FDA approves a vaccine.

WaPo reports today that the CDC is preparing to administer a Covid vaccine by Nov. 1:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling state health officials to be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to health-care workers and other high-priority groups as soon as Nov. 1, heightening fears that the agency is under pressure to approve a vaccine before Election Day. Some scientists warn that granting emergency authorization to a vaccine before clinical trials are complete could pose safety dangers and inflame anti-vaccination sentiment — but others say that doing so could save thousands of lives.

For a quick review of vaccine rollout and what the possible implications could be, check out Derek Lowe’s post Preparing for the Vaccine Results at In The Pipeline.

Derek specifically mentions Guillame-Barre syndrome as a possible autoimmune response to a potential vaccine. I think that might depend on what vaccine is rolled out but that opens another can of worms.

Vaccine technology has come a long way since the Jonas Salk days. There are many different kinds of vaccines. Some use attenuated virus, some just a protein subunit, some just some pieces of protein. But the thing is that the efficacy for all people for all eternity is not well known. There are companies that are changing their vaccines by small increments to find the magic general population elixir. What they are finding is that depending on the vaccine cocktail, you might experience symptoms anyway, albeit not deadly ones. Nevertheless, you’ll want to be prepared in case you need to take off time from work.

Or, depending on your age, you may get a strong antibody response or not. You may need a booster within a short period of time. How long between first vaccine and booster? In which populations. Unknown.

Can we know all of this before Nov. 3? I don’t think you can. In fact, I’m sure you can’t. There just isn’t enough time to determine how each vaccine candidate will perform in the general population and how long it will last. It would be very risky to get the vaccine and ditch your mask, only to find out that you got the full blown case of nasty Covid four months later because the vaccine doesn’t last.

I’m not saying all of this to harsh Trump’s mellow about sneaking the vaccine in at the last minute like some deus ex machina. Trump is an awful, corrupt and inexcusably ugly man in every possible way. But if he rolled out a real bona fide vaccine that worked for a long time and had a fully profiled record of safety, well, I still wouldn’t vote for him, but I’d get the vaccine.

But he can’t deliver on a fully profiled, tested, categorized, efficacious vaccine in time. In fact, any vaccine he rolls out will have a lot of unanswered questions that could prove to be dangerous to our health.

So, as much as we all want to get out of the f}#%ing house and make reservations for dinner, I’d wait. This is my plan anyway.

I don’t trust this FDA or CDC. I have every reason to believe that the Biden administration will be more ethical. Plus, where is this mystery vaccine coming from? Which company is agreeing to this? Or is it a soviet vaccine? And if we had a genuinely safe, effective, long-lasting vaccine, why wouldn’t we share it with the WHO??

Too many questions. No thank you. I’ll stick to my masks and hand sanitizers until some time early next year.