- Jan 12, 2010
An interview with a Pfizer board member I was listening to seemed to indicate even he was sceptical of boosters for the wider populace due to B and T cell memory. For over 65s a different story.
Get over it, you have no idea and neither does anyone else of the long term protection afforded by any of these vaccines
I have to wonder how much of this is based on cost versus what is recommended. The USA has taken the unusual step of making the initial vaccination (2 doses) "free" - it doesn't surprise me that this will not continue. Nothing stops Americans from getting a booster by paying out of their own pocket - it will be interesting to see what the global medical recommendation is (those that don't take into account the cost, just the benefits).WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.apnews.com
Boosters may not be a fait-accompli
Evidence based medicine is the practice of medicine based on evidence from research, practice and/or observationdouble blind studies of masks
Not even if it saves lives?. There are often personal difficulties with wearing masks, or getting a vaccine, or for that matter being subject to a lockdown. There are many facets to the Covid pandemic and a lot of the issues are not mutually exclusive. Personal autonomy has been or maybe it still is the foundation healthcare and the morality and ethics of autonomy in the context of a pandemic is becoming the next big discussion.I would be very much against mandated wearing of a mask come mid next year
If people are not vaccinated then why is it encumbent on others to protect them?Evidence based medicine is the practice of medicine based on evidence from research, practice and/or observation
There are a lot of areas of medicine where double blind studies do not exist.
One is the prescribing of medicines to breast feeding mothers and its effect on newborn babies. Who in their right mind would volunteer their newborn to some experiment. Yet everyday women are prescribed all sorts of medicines while they are breastfeeding without those medicines ever been tested on newborns.
The closest to masks in terms of public health is the wearing of seatbelts. I dont believe there has ever been a double blind study into the effectiveness of seatbelts preventing death or serious injury. It would never pass the Ethics committee stage. The evidence came from observations of crashes where seatbelts were or were not used.
Imagine designing a DB study. Easy to do. 1000 subjects of comparable age. 500 into seatbelt group and 500 into placebo seatbelt group - where the seatbelt is applied but hidden away is the fact that it is not anchored to the car frame. Then launch the cars at 100kmh into a concrete barrier. They have to use crash test dummies to substitute for humans because what person would want to volunteer for that study and be recompensed with a cup of tea/ poppa drink or biscuit afterwards
Not even if it saves lives?. There are often personal difficulties with wearing masks, or getting a vaccine, or for that matter being subject to a lockdown. There are many facets to the Covid pandemic and a lot of the issues are not mutually exclusive. Personal autonomy has been or maybe it still is the foundation healthcare and the morality and ethics of autonomy in the context of a pandemic is becoming the next big discussion.
Feels like a dodge.
I would not expect others to wear a mask to protect me unless required by their profession. If I felt concerned then I would wear a mask for my protection. If I had a respiratory infection then I would wear one if necessary.
They might work. I’ve not bothered with the science because it’s pointless when they are mandatory. But while people were by and large, supportive of masks for Covid this will not translate for support in general use. Masks rob people of normal social interactions. I’ve seen them lying on tables while people eat. There is a limit on how we deal with illness within society.So if masks are valid for a respiratory infection covid why not for influenza - especially in winter?
Obesity is a disease.As a somewhat older person (though reasonably fit) I have found that BMI values are incapable of really evaluating the underlying state of the body. Try US Navy calculator which attempts to correct for muscle mass (versus FAT). I go from about BMI 30 to about 25 under the navy protocols.....
As far as the vaccine discussions go, there are a number of issues.
1. Underlying physical health and in particular your vitamin D levels. Anecdotal reporting indicates high/normal levels limits serious illness. Note: NOT prevention.
2. I wish the pharmaceutical industry regulators would apply the same evaluation standards which are being practiced with the vaccine rollout to the existing pharmaceuticals which seem to limit serious infection.
Most interesting comment in the alternative sites may be: Where are the double blind studies for masks? Note: In high density situations (ie public transport) masks are likely somewhat functional.
3. One cannot reasonably expect pharmaceutical companies (ie created to make a PROFIT) to create and evaluate studies of drugs which will not generate revenue.... Note: What companies fund the disease research centers?
The above requires far too much wandering