First batch of a vaccine prepared in haste without all the usual testing redundancies? Hm.
Not me. Gonna wait. Too much politics and conspiracy in this first wave of possibilities. Chinese spying, Russian spying, governments giving huge sums of money to their favorite companies to produce vaccines that don't yet work. First ones are likely not to work very well. If you can wait, wait a bit. First users of drugs suffer the most. The bad stuff comes out over time. On the other hand, when a vaccine comes out that actually proves to work, if that ever happens, I'm in. Now, I'm one who has never gotten a flu vaccine because it doesn't actually work very well and I worry we get too many vaccines and what effect this has on overstimulating the immune system. But with covid, first one that works, I'm in.
I'm with Annie - probably not the first batch for me. I'm also someone who doesn't immediately update my phone when it comes out with a new update until everyone else has so I can hear if there are bugs. :)
Covid vaccine 2.0 is probably the one for me.
I am pro-vax, and get the flu shot every year. I got the actual real flu once non-vaccinated (I was tested for it because my fever was almost 103 as an adult) and that's enough for me, thanks. I got the flu after getting the vaccine once - not tested, but my roommate was and we assume I had it, too, and it was much milder.
Now I have other health conditions that would make the flu dangerous, so I'll definitely vax.
(I may have lost the point somewhere, if I ever had it.)
I wouldn’t take the first batch of the Covid vaccine. It is far too hastily made for my liking.
I'll take the vaccine. I'm not going to be able to stop my kids from having a life. They will be in school, have sports and would like to be social again. So, I'll take the vaccine and I'll take it when it becomes available. It's like, take my chances with covid or the vaccine. Sigh.
I will absolutely LINE UP when it's released. Regarding the development timeline, not one single step is being skipped or short-cutted. They can't do that. What is happening is that the paperwork portion of the process includes putting these vaccines up for review ASAP. In other words, these vaccine trials jump to the front of the line, and get reviewed as a priority. Sometimes, a drug development timeline includes a year of waiting in between phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3 of the clinical trials. Due to the urgency, at each phase completion, the data are being reviewed ASAP.
Phase 2 was the safety portion, and now we're on to Phase 3, the efficacy phase. This will probably be a longer phase than phase 2, because safety problems generally manifest quickly. Efficacy will need to be tested over a longer period of time, as those who receive the vaccine have potential COVID exposures over a period of months, and either do or do not contract the disease.
They didn't test for the longevity of antibodies in phase 2 because phase 2 is the safety phase only. Phase 3 is the efficacy phase, during which they will test for antibody production and retention. They will be looking not only for antibody production, but for CD8 T-cell response, which is key to producing lasting immunity.
No comment about what's happening in other countries as I'm only familiar with the US clinical trials process.
If anyone cares to follow the progress of vaccines being tested in the US, clinicaltrials.gov has the data available to the public.
No steps are being skipped in the US trials, but they are doing things concurrently that they would normally do consecutively. (Fauci mentioned that last week btw.) There is more risk for the people in the trials though, because of the concurrent program, but after the 30,000 person Phase 3 trial ends the same data will be available for prospective patients as would be in a normal trial that takes years. It's all hands on deck monitoring the vax progress instead of a slow FDA taking years to study things.
I don't know for sure, but am guessing that the FDA will not approve drugs trialed in foreign countries although I don't follow them. All I know for sure about that is the US market is so large that any company with a med goes for approval there.
"once you've spent a ton of money to produce something, the pressure to use it becomes much greater to justify the expense" None of that is relevant to the FDA. They march companies to their tune not the other way around (although oxycontin was sort of an anomaly for numerous reasons, but none of its situation applies to a vax which doesn't have any addiction issues ot contend with.)
Not me nor my husband. For me, just not enough people being tested on. I had bad bad side effects from the flu shot and refuse to put myself at risk. In addition my husband is on Lamotrigine and I doubt they can be positive it wont effect his levels of that med. CANT DO IT.