No End In Sight For Covid-19 Despite Positive Vaccine News

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Monday announced that their coronavirus vaccine candidate was approximately 90% effective, according to early data in a large-scale study. But Governor Murphy cautioned that despite the good news, it would take months before there are enough vaccines available to return to normalcy. 

At his daily press conference on Monday, the governor said that New Jersey still has a dark winter ahead of it, as a “twindemic” of coronavirus and influenza infections could overwhelm state medical resources. Governor Murphy announced new statewide restrictions that will go into effect Friday on bars and restaurants and urged residents to redouble their efforts in complying with rules enacted to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, including social distancing, hand washing, and wearing face masks.

When a vaccine does become available, New Jersey is expected to receive about 50,000 vaccines in the first batch, not nearly enough to inoculate the majority of the population. Those first 50,000 are intended to go to health care workers who are fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic every day. There are, however, some issues even with that. In a recent poll, only 40% of New Jersey nurses said they would receive the vaccine, with many worried that it was rushed through the testing period and could have significant side effects.

Still, Governor Murphy said that he spoke to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, who said that he believes that mass inoculation will be taking place sometime in the spring.

But that is only if everything goes as planned. A vaccine will still need to finish its trials and be approved by the FDA. And then the vaccine would need to be manufactured and distributed, a process that sounds simpler than it is in reality.

So, despite the good news of a coronavirus vaccine appearing to give antibodies to those who take it, the end of Covid-19 and the restrictions that go along with it, is still not quite in sight.

 

 

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It appears that only participants who had at least one symptom were tested for covid…and those participants had the placebo, not the vaccine. However, they did not test anyone who had no symptoms. So how do they know if some of the participants who got the vaccine don’t also have the virus? We know that many people test positive even without symptoms. So how can they give an effective rate if they don’t test all the participants to see if they have the virus?

    We all know that people who have the virus but no symptoms can also spread the disease. So it makes no sense to me that they are not testing all the participants (those who got the vaccine and those who got the placebo) to see if they got the virus.

  2. Unless Biden ends up winning – then everything will be good and the vaccine will be ready right away in tremendous number for all. Boy won’t he and his friend King Cuomo do and say anything to make Trump look as bad as they can.

  3. The powers that be keep telling us that antibodies don’t work and “you can get it again”.
    So how would a vaccine work?
    On another note, I think Murphy has caught on to this whole game. He’s requiring restaurants to close at 10 and some other small stuff (which won’t even make a dent in the curve) just to appease his liberal base by making it seem like he’s actually doing something. But ultimately he knows that a virus can’t be “controlled”.

  4. Murphy like all the democrats is following the science which says that covid does not spread at BLM protests or biden win celebrations and that it only spreads between the hours of 10pm and 5am. .SCIENCE.

  5. As for “peaceful” protests & “win” celebrations – Well said.
    Also note;
    The OC Health Dept. slipped to me that “after elections it will be different”.

    Self understood

  6. If people who have antibodies from getting covid naturally are only guaranteed those antibodies for three months, then why would antibodies from a vaccine which is never as effective as natural antibodies last a year? No doctor that I have heard will say natural antibodies are guaranteed to last a year so kal v’choimer a vaccine!

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