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  1. Howdy, here they are doing AZ with a gap of 6-12 weeks as standard. Most of the healthcare workers had a 6 week gap. Infections in healthcare fell through the floor a good while ago, so it looks like it’s working! The antibody responses increase after 6 weeks, the rise after that is nowhere near as steep, so, if it was 4 weeks I’d say hold on, but 7 weeks looks fine.
  2. Yeah, there's some work to be done alright. If 75-80% or so are covered though, with high levels of protection from the vaccines they are using, it might get them over the line. Would be a whole lot better if coverage was stronger though.
  3. 😂 I think I saw somewhere that about 45% of Republicans said they weren't going to take it (and quite a few Republican members of congress haven't). But no, Republicans aren't "huge chunks". Even though you are joking, there have actually been some serious attempts to see whether Republican or Democrat voters are healthier (spoiler alert, income inequality, healthcare access and level of education are better predictors of health status). There are indications that districts controlled by Republicans (who advocate personal responsibility over state-supported healthcare) have residents that are
  4. She's a molecular biologist at Moderna as far as I know (or working with Moderna...she has some connection to Moderna that I can't remember exactly). As it happens, I agree with her! (lots of people do). Check out Tess Lambe's lab at Oxford too, she has been doing loads of fantastic work on the immune response to their vaccine (she's currently making sure the updated one performs the same way as the original version, in addition to quietly publishing away on a Lassa fever version of their vaccine among many others!)...much of what we now about what happens to the immune response after OX/AZ va
  5. I’d say the huge chunk of republicans that apparently don’t want it isn’t helping either!
  6. Glasto should book them for the comedy tent...seen them at a few festivals here in Ireland and their live show is great (they don’t sing that much!)...
  7. In under 30s though the risks of clotting are higher than the risks of catching covid and developing severe enough disease that you end up in critical care and that’s the key point in choosing to restrict use in certain groups (though long Covid is an unknown here). Eventually, they will keep using it, but it’s extremely important that everyone administering it can inform patients of what to watch out for and equally important to make sure all medical professionals have clear guidance on how to treat it if one of their patients shows up with it (especially as standard heparin-based anticoagula
  8. Judging by many of your posts, you’re not stupid. So surely you realise that since this is not the only vaccine available, it’s entirely possible to save all these lives and not lose others by choosing the correct vaccine for the right patients. Telling the families of 22 people that they are collateral damage cos we’re in a hurry to get back to normal isn’t ok in my book. I get that we’re all sick of this, I am and I’ve had it pretty easy, but let’s do this right.
  9. The fact that there's a small chance of coming into contact with someone with COVID is a function of the vaccination programme! (NPI-mediated suppression is also part of it, especially until you get enough people protected by the vaccines...I've seen this described as a Swiss cheese defence...lots of layers, all with holes in them but as long as the holes don't line up, then you can protect from infection, some of the layers involve collective responsibility, some involve personal). Basically, the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing infection further suppresses the spread (which is bet
  10. I'll be honest...I've spent ages looking at the Glastonbury food with Pictures thread! 😁
  11. Weirdly, I understood that! 😁 Covid does cause clotting. At our hospital, about a quarter of patients that end up in critical care have clotting issues. The risk/benefit ratio discussion centres on how many under 30s are at risk of needing critical care (and thus at risk of clotting) following natural infection versus vaccination...and at the current prevalence of the virus, the vaccine presents a higher risk in this age group. It’s also an entirely different type of clotting that needs a different test to diagnose it and different treatment (what you would normally use to treat clots can
  12. I actually went looking for this thread yesterday when I was posting! Was pretty sure it was @kalifire but couldn’t remember! Definitely a perfect example of why the festival and the posters on eFests are special!
  13. That’s why we have systematic reviews! (Which we don’t have yet). I don’t think any of the evidence cited above suggests that asymptomatic transmission was “massively overstated”. It suggests that asymptomatic carriers are infectious, not as infectious as those with symptoms or about to develop them, but if you hang around indoors with them for long enough, you can pick it up from them. There are documented asymptomatic cases with pretty high viral loads (why they aren’t symptomatic is another question), but biologically, I guess if aerosols generated by speech etc are sufficient to spread the
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