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Thread: How are you dealing with the changes brought about by this pandemic?

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    Oops. No politics.

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    Where did I mention politics?!!

    I thought the idea of bringing witchcraft and superstition into the current Covid crisis somewhat entertaining.

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    Quacks as medical advisors is clearly nosense. But all sorts of people tune into Dr Phil and Dr Oz and eat that stuff up. Why anyone would take a voodoo quack seriously is not even worth thinking about when there is some decent medical advice out there

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    Funny old world isn't it, Wiseman.

    And I see there are Covid mugs now on sale.

    2020

    The World

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    A sneezing bat.

    words on side of mug. L.

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    The sooner the better!

    "The Oxford vaccine is a viral vector vaccine: it is based on a chimp adenovirus (a virus that causes an illness like the common cold in chimpanzees), which has been modified to contain genetic sequence of the coronavirus “spike protein”, which is thought to play a large role in infecting cells. This is a way of exposing the body to the spike protein without exposing it to coronavirus, so that it creates an immune response. “The chimp adenovirus is kind of the Trojan horse to bring the Covid protein information into the immune system,” Kampmann explains. If the immune system then comes into contact with the actual coronavirus, it’s primed to react.

    On July 20, researchers published a preliminary report in the Lancet on phase one and two studies of their vaccine, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, which they report induced an immune response and didn’t have any major side effects. It is now moving into phase three trials in Brazil and South Africa.

    Altmann says the immune response shown in the Oxford data is promising and emphasises the importance of triggering T cells as well as antibodies. T cells are a type of white blood cell that help B cells create antibodies and kill infected cells to help stop an infection from spreading. “For any good response from a vaccine, you need both on board,” Altmann says. He says that all the data he has seen from vaccine candidates looks good for both – “although I thought the Oxford data had really truly impressive T cell data.”"

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    Would like more information on B cell activity with the vaccine. Those are the "memory cells" which create antiboties in the future if the person is exposed to COVID. That's the real test there.

    Another beautiful day in COVID land, blah.

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    "On a media call, AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot said: “The vaccine development is progressing well. We have had good data so far. We need to show the efficacy in the clinical programme, but so far, so good.”

    In the Phase I/II COV001 trial conducted in the UK, the vaccine was tolerated and generated strong immune responses in all evaluated participants. Findings were published in The Lancet journal.

    Study results showed that a single dose of the vaccine led to a four-fold increase in antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in 95% of participants one month following vaccination.

    Furthermore, a T-cell response that peaked by day 14 and maintained two months after injection was observed in all subjects.


    "The Oxford team started working to develop a vaccine in January 2020 and have been working with unprecedented urgency in the race against the coronavirus.

    During the Phase I/II trial the vaccine was evaluated in more than 1,000 healthy adult volunteers aged 18-55 in a randomised controlled trial.

    The potential vaccine entered Phase III clinical trials in May to study safety and efficacy in healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 years, across 19 trial sites in the UK. The University of Oxford is also working with research partners at a number of clinical trial sites around the world as part of this late stage trial.

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    ^yay!! Sounds good.

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    From Russia With Love (L).

    "The World Health Organization said any WHO stamp of approval on a Covid-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety data review, after Russia announced it had approved a vaccine.

    President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country to approve a vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the new coronavirus.

    He also said his daughter has received the vaccine.

    "We are in close contact with the Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine," the United Nations health agency's spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva at an online press briefing.

    "Pre-qualification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all the required safety and efficacy data.""

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    Star Wars to SARS Wars?

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