Let’s face the fact. Any news about vaccine for COVID-19 will not have any firm delivery dates, not so soon. Logistics is the final part and before that, it would have to be manufactured first. Prior to manufacturing, it has to undergo trials and MUST pass all those trials with flying colours. Here are some of the latest and positive news about vaccine for COVID-19. I would suggest everyone read them and at least understand that things are really not as bad as it seems. Timing is currently the critical thing.
Article in bangkokpost.com Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. “The first set of results from our Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent Covid-19.”
“We are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis. We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development program at a time when the world needs it most.” Do read the full article here: Article in bangkokpost.com
Article in theedgemarkets.com Australia commenced locally manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford this week Monday. It was still undergoing clinical trials.
CSL’s Chief Scientific Officer Andrew Nash said, “We are undertaking these manufacturing activities at-risk and in parallel with the clinical trials and approvals processes in recognition of the significant urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Do read the full article here: Article in theedgemarkets.com
Article in bbc.com A critical part of COVID-19 vaccine is the need for a cold chain storing prior to administering it. Most of the Covid-19 vaccines under development, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) needs to refrigerated at temperatures well below 0C.
There is now a potential Covid-19 vaccine that is heat tolerant. A group of Indian scientists are working on such a vaccine. The “warm” or a heat-stable vaccine, they claim, can be stored at 100C for 90 minutes, at 70C for about 16 hours, and at 37C for more than a month and more. Do read the full article here: Article in bbc.com
News about vaccine. One says 90% effective rate, even if it’s still not yet completed all the trials. Another has already started manufacturing while the trials are ongoing because of the confidence that it will work as planned. Meanwhile, another one says that even the cold chain is not needed which meant that the logistics part is much easier. All these are positive news. Would the world suddenly become safe as soon as these vaccines complete their trials?
Not yet but the sentiment is likely to be a positive one because help is on the way. Let’s hope that all would become better in the next few months. We have nearly lost the whole of 2020. Let’s keep as much of our 2021 as possible. In the mean time, please stay safe and do not go out unless truly necessary. Thank you on behalf of all the vulnerable Malaysians. Yes, if there are further updates on news about vaccine, I will write.
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