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(Chicago Trib)   If you want to protect against Coronavirus, AstraZeneca may not be able to help   ( divider line
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2020-11-26 6:35:18 AM  
Sarah Gilbert, one of the Oxford scientists leading the research,
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2020-11-26 7:32:44 AM  
Sounds like they were doing a lot of massaging of numbers to come up with an effectiveness rate.

And got caught.

2020-11-26 7:36:59 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Sounds like they were doing a lot of massaging of numbers to come up with an effectiveness rate.

And got caught.


Yeah I dunno about that. They aren't even claiming the total efficacy rate, need more data. From Slaoui, a name which should be known in every household, but it's not.

Slaoui's remarks came just days after trial data from a third vaccine candidate from AstraZeneca raised questions about efficacy. The company said that one of the dosing regimens was only 62% effective-a result that paled in comparison to the 95% efficacy bar set by Pfizer and Moderna.
Slaoui said AstraZeneca's U.S. trial could generate more in-depth data soon, given the fact that the pandemic is raging again and "progressing so fast that it is very likely that not long from now...we may have enough evidence to assess the efficacy of the vaccine," he said.
AstraZeneca has been touting the advantages of its vaccine over the mRNA contenders. It can be stored at normal refrigerated temperatures, easing the distribution logistics, for example. And AstraZeneca has promised to manufacture 3 billion doses of its mRNA vaccine in 2021-more than double what Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have said they could produce.​e​ds-covid-19-mrna-vaccine-distribution-​pfizer-s-dry-runs-predict-a-very-do-ab​le-process
2020-11-26 7:38:50 AM  
Well I screwed that up. Anyway, the point is that the 60% efficacy is only from one of 3 trials that Astra-Zeneca is developing.

The more the better and don't be farking choosy about it. Get whatever is available first.
2020-11-26 10:45:48 AM  
Things you can do now to protect against C-19:

The flu shot is showing to be protective for unknown reasons.

Take vitamin D. It's cheap and several large studies show that if you get covid-19, you are less likely to have a severe case if you aren't vitamin D deficient. There is no reason everyone shouldn't be taking a supplement.

Start exercising. C-19 requires fat cells to replicate. In the UK, they actually recommend a diet and exercise program to avoid sever cases of C-19, because they have eyes and can see who is being hit the hardest.

Statin drugs have been shown to be protective against the flu, and there are actual researchers that think they will work for C-19, as well (it's being researched at this very moment):

Oct. 29, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Once again, the popular cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to be good for more than the heart: They may also lower your odds of dying of the flu.


Flu long-haulers:

In a study published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor found that patients who are obese and infected with certain flu strains may remain contagious for considerably longer periods of time than patients with flu who are not obese, thereby likely increasing the risk of spreading the virus to others.​h​e-public/20180813flu-obesity.html
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