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1 month ago

FuB wrote:
1 month ago
Sid wrote:
1 month ago
Fub, do you know if the vaccines work against the Indian variant? I've read it does and it doesn't
It's a bit too early for any conclusive clinical data but i find just as many "scientists are confident" as "scientists are worried" articles.

In the end, all the vaccines are looking to help our immune system to recognise and attack the virus' spike protein. The concern is if there is enough of a significant change in the structure of the spike protein, our pre-programmed immune systems won't recognise it. It's obviously not beyond the realms of possibility but we should bear in mind that the spike protein's structure is also the thing that makes the virus able to enter human cells so it's just as possible that a significant change in the structure also makes the virus less effective as a pathogen.

Even if (when) this does happen, it won't be that vaccine manufacturers have to start from scratch again... in the same way they didn't have to start from scratch to produce current vaccines. They were already working on vaccines for coronaviruses and they just sped up the process by running aspects of it in parallel rather than sequentially. Of course, knobend anti-vaxxers are trying to suggest this was cutting corners, not testing, etc. but that's so far away from the truth it's quite insulting to the stellar work that was done.
Okay, well that's a nice balanced view and so somewhat reassuring. Cheers
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3 weeks ago

Did anyone else watch Dominic Cummings giving his select committee evidence?
From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us...and while you're at it, a bit of a helping hand with hobbits wouldn't go amiss...
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swampash wrote:
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Did anyone else watch Dominic Cummings giving his select committee evidence?
Gold, wasn't it. Confirmed what we all knew, that tens of thousands died unnecessarily due to gov, incompetence, unarsedness, ignorance, and a sick a culture of putting the economy before people's lives. Now watch nothing come of it, and the subsequent inquiry.
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