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(CNN)   Progress on Lyme disease vaccine leaves spirochetes ticked off   (cnn.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Lyme disease, Tick, global rates of Lyme disease, infected tick, Bacteria, standard treatment, kinds of ticks, biotech companies  
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517 clicks; posted to STEM » on 09 Aug 2022 at 10:04 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-09 8:59:54 PM  
Sign me up!
 
2022-08-09 10:37:46 PM  
This is great news. Keep it up. And when you're done, give them away for free. Don't be assholes about it
 
2022-08-09 11:37:20 PM  

saywhonow: This is great news. Keep it up. And when you're done, give them away for free. Don't be assholes about it


Say $4B to develop. Appx 2 billion people with immediate need, another $1B to produce.

At $5/dose, they'd break even at 1 billion people. If they charged prevailing rates for the area, richer countries could subsidize poorer countries and the disease could be effectively eradicated, and they make a tidy $10-$20B in profit. Not a horrible turnaround at all.

But yeah, you're not wrong; charging $200/dose is kinda overkill.

/So naturally, it's going to be $500.
 
2022-08-09 11:37:21 PM  
My dog got a Lyme booster earlier this year, similar to the Lymerix vaccine available to humans 20 years ago.

One big problem back then was lack of insurance coverage - people would have to pay out of pocket so the uptake was low.
 
2022-08-09 11:44:56 PM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: My dog got a Lyme booster earlier this year, similar to the Lymerix vaccine available to humans 20 years ago.

One big problem back then was lack of insurance coverage - people would have to pay out of pocket so the uptake was low.


The bigger problem is that it had a basically insignificant number of potential adverse effects (that weren't even ever linked to the vaccine) and anti-vaxxerd freaked everyone the fark out and got it taken off the market before it could be added to insurance formularies.
 
2022-08-10 12:00:54 AM  
I would get that vaccine in a heartbeat. Lyme is no fun. Untreated Lyme is scary. Persistent Lyme farking blows.
 
2022-08-10 12:40:01 AM  

educated: I would get that vaccine in a heartbeat. Lyme is no fun. Untreated Lyme is scary. Persistent Lyme farking blows.


I have a good friend persistent Lyme disease.  She's got a degree in TCM and couldn't figure out what her illness was (lots of bizarre symptoms) or get a western doc. to diagnose her. Her own reading eventually led her to suspect Lyme, and she ordered the appropriate tests to confirm it. Treating her own symptoms has been a half-time job for a decade.
 
2022-08-10 12:45:10 AM  
Antivaxx zipper brains shiat on a vaccine 20 years ago before I ever heard of it. I miss the woods in my beloved Ozarks. I have a buddy down in Houston who wasn't wrecked by Lyme disease but was diminished, weakened, and depressed. He's an artist, a gifted playwright and director who struggled for years before getting a diagnosis and partially effective treatment. Ticks are creepy.
 
2022-08-10 12:35:56 PM  

saywhonow: This is great news. Keep it up. And when you're done, give them away for free. Don't be assholes about it


Because researchers and investors don't have mortgages to pay and kids to feed and send to college too?
 
2022-08-10 1:53:43 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Sign me up!


Me too!
 
2022-08-10 4:10:41 PM  

CurmudgeonInDevelopment: saywhonow: This is great news. Keep it up. And when you're done, give them away for free. Don't be assholes about it

Because researchers and investors don't have mortgages to pay and kids to feed and send to college too?


Jonas Salk is ashamed of what we have become as a society.
 
2022-08-10 8:54:24 PM  
Getting a kick and such, got Lyme this spring while hunting morels. I stupidly pulled the tick off with my nails instead of waiting to get home and using tweezers. Sure enough a couple days later a nice bullseye around the bite site. A full round of antibiotics and I should be good now.
 
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