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The U.S. government has reached a $1.95 billion deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for 100 million doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine once it obtains Food and Drug Administration approval.

A Phase 2b/3 trial of the vaccine, with human subjects, is scheduled to start later this month and will be subject to regulatory review as early as October 2020. If successful, 100 million doses would be manufactured by the end of this year and possibly more than 1.3 billion would be produced in 2021.
 

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It appears highly likely that we in the USA will have a vaccine ready for us ( healthcare providers) by December of this year.

Covid 19 will be in our rear view mirror by January/February 2021.
 
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With another 50,000-100,000 additional deaths expected this year due to Covid 19 should the US government allow the vaccine to be released now for high risk people? Why can’t a person decide now for him/herself whether to be part of that phase 3 trial in order to avoid Covid 19? Why not offer 100,000 doses or more to those willing to sign up early knowing the vaccine isn’t FDA approved yet. I realize my opinion may be in the minority but I don’t think we need to let another 100,000 people die without offering them an option. I also think we don’t need to spend another trillion dollars we don’t have.
 
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With another 50,000-100,000 additional deaths expected this year due to Covid 19 should the US government allow the vaccine to be released now for high risk people? Why can’t a person decide now for him/herself whether to be part of that phase 3 trial in order to avoid Covid 19? Why not offer 100,000 doses or more to those willing to sign up early knowing the vaccine isn’t FDA approved yet. I realize my opinion may be in the minority but I don’t think we need to let another 100,000 people die without offering them an option. I also think we don’t need to spend another trillion dollars we don’t have.
Because they can?

 
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Game over. Sweden wins.
While we continue to riot and figure out how to print more money to keep people at home.
 

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Sweden had more time to react as deaths were peaking in March in the rest of Europe but their policies still assured they ended up in the top 10 worldwide in Deaths per 1M population

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Sweden wins one of the top death rates in the world? Bet there's a pretty ****ty prize to go along with that.
Meh, honestly (and maybe I'll get a lot of hate for this) the US needed a lot more death. The virus wasnt deadly enough to be scary and we have a lot of dumb people in the US who only understand things in terms of life or death. Look at our response. We ****ing failed, we failed hard.
 
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Sweden wins one of the top death rates in the world? Bet there's a pretty ****ty prize to go along with that.
You're ignoring the heavy morbidity and mortality of the added roughly 10 trillion of debt, just for starters. Add in the lost quality of life, lost education of the entire youth, etc. Ignored costs will be very very heavy. As the above poster states, you must think beyond just x (mostly very old) people died.
 
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I realize I’m just a student, but hoped I could add the perspective of someone who recently completed a global health course on the pandemic, which included several hours of lecture by epidemiologists and physicians in Sweden. Most public health officials in Sweden view their initial approach as a mistake. There are other contributing factors to their high mortality early on - they had high returning travel numbers from the Italian alps early in the pandemic, and they also have a relatively high number of nursing home-like facilities relative to other Scandinavian nations. That being said, they attribute their current reduction in cases and deaths to extremely high compliance with social distancing and mask-wearing, despite the lack of legal repercussions for failing to adhere to guidance. Many of their current guidelines are very similar to the more stringent ones in the US - the difference being greater respect for their social and medical care systems And the guidance that issues thereof. They are nowhere near approaching herd immunity and few people there think that they will reach herd immunity any time soon.
 
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I realize I’m just a student, but hoped I could add the perspective of someone who recently completed a global health course on the pandemic, which included several hours of lecture by epidemiologists and physicians in Sweden. Most public health officials in Sweden view their initial approach as a mistake. There are other contributing factors to their high mortality early on - they had high returning travel numbers from the Italian alps early in the pandemic, and they also have a relatively high number of nursing home-like facilities relative to other Scandinavian nations. That being said, they attribute their current reduction in cases and deaths to extremely high compliance with social distancing and mask-wearing, despite the lack of legal repercussions for failing to adhere to guidance. Many of their current guidelines are very similar to the more stringent ones in the US - the difference being greater respect for their social and medical care systems And the guidance that issues thereof. They are nowhere near approaching herd immunity and few people there think that they will reach herd immunity any time soon.
I don't particularly care how they did it or what method we call it; they won. The disease looks controlled, the economy isn't decimated, and people aren't constantly destroying cities night after night.
 

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It sounded as though you were implying a specific cause for their downtrending numbers; my mistake.
 
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I don't particularly care how they did it or what method we call it; they won. The disease looks controlled, the economy isn't decimated, and people aren't constantly destroying cities night after night.
It sounded as though you were implying a specific cause for their downtrending numbers; my mistake.
No mistake. I appreciate the input and other views. There are so many factors and so much we still don't know. I have been Team Sweden from the beginning simply because the numerous significant costs to shutdown get overlooked to a large degree in a medical discussion.
 

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I don't particularly care how they did it or what method we call it; they won. The disease looks controlled, the economy isn't decimated, and people aren't constantly destroying cities night after night.

By your logic, you could say NYC “won” too.
 
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I don't particularly care how they did it or what method we call it; they won. The disease looks controlled, the economy isn't decimated, and people aren't constantly destroying cities night after night.

By every metric, Sweden is worse off than their Scandinavian neighbors who shut down.

 
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I don't particularly care how they did it or what method we call it; they won. The disease looks controlled, the economy isn't decimated, and people aren't constantly destroying cities night after night.

Their economy isn’t doing any better than comparable and surrounding countries. This is a worldwide pandemic.

I really don’t think any country has "won" until there is a combination of viable vaccine that is available worldwide and herd immunity.

"Despite this, various forecasts predict the Swedish economy will still shrink by about 5% this year. That's less than other countries hit hard by Covid-19 such as Italy, Spain and the UK, but still similar to the rest of Scandinavia. Sweden's unemployment rate of 9% remains the highest in the Nordics, up from 7.1% in March."

"Restaurants, shops and gyms have been allowed to remain open, but they have still struggled to attract customers, she says.
 
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You're ignoring the heavy morbidity and mortality of the added roughly 10 trillion of debt, just for starters. Add in the lost quality of life, lost education of the entire youth, etc. Ignored costs will be very very heavy. As the above poster states, you must think beyond just x (mostly very old) people died.
evidence for that please?
hasnt the death rate gone down durung every recent recession?

also are you ignoring the burden of chronic lung illness on those who recover? do you think someone who was on oxygen for 2 weeks or even recovered post intubation with covid is going to return to work same as before? thats going to cost a lot of money
 

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I don't particularly care how they did it or what method we call it; they won. The disease looks controlled, the economy isn't decimated, and people aren't constantly destroying cities night after night.
where did you get your facts from? the first article i read on this said
their economy tanked just like the rest of europe or even worse. especially considering theyre an export lead economy
 
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Meh, honestly (and maybe I'll get a lot of hate for this) the US needed a lot more death. The virus wasnt deadly enough to be scary and we have a lot of dumb people in the US who only understand things in terms of life or death. Look at our response. We ****ing failed, we failed hard.
What about the innocent people who were smart and placed in harms way by their dummy family members?
Did they deserve to die too?
 
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What about the innocent people who were smart and placed in harms way by their dummy family members?
Did they deserve to die too?
There wasn't any "deserve" implicit in my statement. This virus needed to go Thanos style and start eliminating people across the board, rich/poor, old/young/middle age, gay/straight, catholic/atheist. This virus needed to be more ebola like for people to actually it seriously. That was my point.
 

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There wasn't any "deserve" implicit in my statement. This virus needed to go Thanos style and start eliminating people across the board, rich/poor, old/young/middle age, gay/straight, catholic/atheist. This virus needed to be more ebola like for people to actually it seriously. That was my point.

I get your point, but an alternative to that would have been to have competent leadership that took the virus seriously and reacted appropriately. Neither of those things happened and are not currently happening either.
 
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By every metric, Sweden is worse off than their Scandinavian neighbors who shut down.

Yet you still don't advocate for universal 20mph speed limits and national shut down during flu season. Those innocent lives are expendable. Yet you have no question when media scream about small gatherings that aren't part of their agenda but have nothing to say when large gatherings of their agenda apparently provide covid immunity. Do you not even realize how manipulated the public is?
 
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So how many here that think a relatively open economy is bad actually stay at home and don't work because of covid, don't receive a paycheck, watch their business they built over years completely evaporate, and have major life issues approaching like when will I be evicted? That's what I thought. Sounds a lot like the media collecting their checks telling others it's morally wrong to pursue their livelihoods right now.

Wear your masks, wash your hands, keep your distance, and get on with it. If it's ok for high risk individuals to protest and riot without precautions it's ok for low risk youth to attend school with precautions (and with freedom comes the choice to homeschool anyway).
 

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Yet you still don't advocate for universal 20mph speed limits and national shut down during flu season. Those innocent lives are expendable. Yet you have no question when media scream about small gatherings that aren't part of their agenda but have nothing to say when large gatherings of their agenda apparently provide covid immunity. Do you not even realize how manipulated the public is?

That’s a non sequitor. Sweden’s economy is worse off than Denmark and Finland and they have 10x the deaths. The best way to save the economy is by controlling the virus.
 
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So how many here that think a relatively open economy is bad actually stay at home and don't work because of covid, don't receive a paycheck, watch their business they built over years completely evaporate, and have major life issues approaching like when will I be evicted? That's what I thought. Sounds a lot like the media collecting their checks telling others it's morally wrong to pursue their livelihoods right now.

Wear your masks, wash your hands, keep your distance, and get on with it. If it's ok for high risk individuals to protest and riot without precautions it's ok for low risk youth to attend school with precautions (and with freedom comes the choice to homeschool anyway).

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I think in 20 years we'll obviously be able to say who did "the best" in regards to the response to the pandemic. 20/20 hindsight and all. I think right now it's pretty clear that the president of this country though has specifically failed at being an effective leader during a crisis, which ultimately has cost people their well-being. The blatant lies and going against advice of top public health and medical professionals is just maddening.
That’s terrible.

Questionable if that is actually happening.
I think mistakes do obviously happen, but not sure if they don't even collect people's contact information until they test them....

 

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Can we honestly stop harvesting food and transporting goods for 6 weeks?
 
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I think in 20 years we'll obviously be able to say who did "the best" in regards to the response to the pandemic.

Taiwan; it will still be Taiwan in 20 years. Noped out of China's nonsense from the start.
 

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Why is CNN so obsessed with covid at the SD motorcycle rally? (rhetorical question obviously). 70 days of constant protesting/rioting... zero mention of covid.

And America snickers at the propaganda in the North Korean media....
 

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Why is CNN so obsessed with covid at the SD motorcycle rally? (rhetorical question obviously). 70 days of constant protesting/rioting... zero mention of covid.

And America snickers at the propaganda in the North Korean media....
Because as anyone with a remote sense of objectivity can see that it's not about news, but about conveying a worldview. CNN is leftist progressive political propaganda. I am confounded that anyone could take this Orwellian stuff seriously. It's frightening.
 
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Because as anyone with a remote sense of objectivity can see that it's not about news, but about conveying a worldview. CNN is leftist progressive political propaganda. I am confounded that anyone could take this Orwellian stuff seriously. It's frightening.

You subscribe to FOX news?
 

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Why is CNN so obsessed with covid at the SD motorcycle rally? (rhetorical question obviously). 70 days of constant protesting/rioting... zero mention of covid.

And America snickers at the propaganda in the North Korean media....

CNN is trash.
They get obsessed with 1 topic and then talk about it for months.
I stopped watching them years ago.
 
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Some points

There's more to immunity than antibodies. Simplified pathway seems to be virus --> T cells --> B cells --> plasma cells --> antibodies

There's research going on to see how many people being infected with sars cov 2 are asymptomatic and how to improve immunity based on that. T cells become important

Seems that prior infection to other coronaviruses may help prepare immunity to better handle sars cov 2 infection and avoid bad covid 19 symptoms

Masks can help a lot by reducing viral load.

T cells can play a major role in promoting long term immunity to covid 19. A lot of research needs to be done on T cells rather than simply focusing on antibodies.


 
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I don't follow here often so this may have already been said, but the pandemic looks awfully weak and quite possibly burning out much faster than we think. There are far too many unknown variables even such as how many have been infected and how long does immunity last etc to make any statements with certainty, but as our Czar would say, It's going to one day disappear, and maybe earlier than we expect.

Places hit very hard early such as NY and Italy have shown next to no sign of life regarding Covid while other places that held off that initial surge paid hard later such as Florida and Arizona (and rapidly falling off now as well). Did NY do something wonderful to stop Covid dead in its tracks while other areas took off? I highly doubt that. Protests, house parties, travel, gatherings all continued strong as ever, and while the lagging parts of the US raged NY went to sleep.

It certainly also can't be attributed to summer since the areas that surged later are as hot as hell. I know my state has fallen on the politics of it's a hoax, yet cases after a later surge are falling fast. I can't even get healthcare workers to stop crowding me and literally breathing down my neck. I'm going to keep doing my best to protect myself, but I'm more in as ever on opening bike rallies, schools, churches, sports, whatever reckless partying people want to do and hopefully finish flushing this out because if we've learned anything, we've learned people of all political sides will carelessly gather no matter what you try to tell them.

Unfortunately this disease is so ridiculously politicized that next to nothing of what you hear can be outright believed, and again too much is unknown with Covid, so I don't say this with any high degree of certainty, but the mathematics just don't impress me going forward.
 

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