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Reasons to Be Confident in a COVID-19 Vaccine

As far more than the usual suspects are working in overdrive to make folks scared of the COVID-19 vaccines being developed, there are a lot of reasons to be confident they will be safe and effective.

A COVID-19 vaccine will not be rushed and approved for political reasons.
An August 27 letter from the CDC Director does not mean that mass COVID-19 vaccinations will be rushed out and start by November 1. Even if we could get an early safe and effective vaccine, at this point, all of the talk about politicization of the process will likely mean that no one would trust it.

A COVID-19 vaccine will not be rushed and approved for political reasons.

Reasons to Be Confident in a COVID-19 Vaccine

For one thing, there are many experts watching the process who will make sure that any vaccine that gets approved either has rigorous safety and efficacy data to support that approval, or they will let us know about it.

Public health and vaccine experts will fight back against the use of any COVID-19 vaccine that isn't safe and effective.
Public health and vaccine experts will fight back against the approval and use of any COVID-19 vaccine that isn’t safe and effective.

For another, however much the CDC, FDA, and HHS have gotten politicized lately, there are still many people in important positions, career workers who aren’t appointed by the administration in power, who will not let an unsafe or ineffective vaccine reach us.

“If you are making a decision about the vaccine, you’d better be sure you have very good evidence that it is both safe and effective. I’m not concerned about political pressure.”

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And then there is simply the way in which a COVID-19 vaccine will have to get approved, both in the US and globally.

“EMA has been, as of 30 July 2020, in discussion with developers of 38 potential COVID-19 vaccines. However, the EMA estimates that it might take at least until the beginning of 2021 before a vaccine against COVID-19 is ready for approval and available in sufficient quantities to enable widespread use in the EU/EEA [6].”

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It may surprise some people, but approving a new vaccine is not something that is done just by the head of the CDC or FDA.

How the Covid-19 Vaccine Will Get Approved

Typically, the 15 voting members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee would review and evaluate “data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of vaccines and related biological products which are intended for use in the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of human diseases, and, as required, any other products for which the Food and Drug Administration has regulatory responsibility.”

In the case of the COVID-19 vaccines, the FDA created an additional independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB) to help with this evaluation.

“Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he trusts the independent members of the DSMB — who are not government employees — to hold vaccines to high standards without being politically influenced. Members of the board are typically experts in vaccine science and biostatistics who teach at major medical schools.”

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This COVID-19 vaccine DSMB is being chaired by Rich Whitley, MD, a past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

“We expect nothing less from FDA moving forward. It is essential that FDA maintain its scientific independence, adhere to required standards and protocols, and as you have repeatedly and recently promised, make decisions “based solely on good science and data.” Should political pressure arise, we believe it is your duty to the American people to notify Congress and the American people. Any political involvement in a future vaccine or treatment threatens to undermine the credibility of the agency, and public confidence in vaccines and treatments approved for use by FDA.”

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Of course, the COVID-19 vaccine DSMB isn’t the final word on the COVID-19 vaccines…

“Given the widespread potential use of a COVID-19 vaccine, transparent discussion at FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will be needed prior to vaccine authorization or licensure to ensure clear public understanding of the evidence supporting vaccine safety and efficacy.”

Unwavering Regulatory Safeguards for COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine DSMB and the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee both present their findings to Peter Marks, the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

“The discussion then turned to concerns about a so-called October surprise announcement, in which the Trump administration rushes to unveil a vaccine candidate, the sources said. At that point, they said, Marks told participants on the call that if the FDA were pressured to approve a vaccine without enough evidence of it being safe and effective, he would resign.”

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And then once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved by the FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus will provide recommendations on who gets them.

Will any of that happen at these upcoming meetings?

Almost certainly not.

Few experts think that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available before the end of the year.

“While the pace of COVID-19 vaccine R&D has been unprecedented—with many candidates now in advanced stages of clinical development—more robust clinical data are still needed. The most advanced candidates are expected to begin reporting data from pivotal phase III studies in the coming months. The safety and efficacy data from these studies will inform regulatory decisions on whether to make vaccine candidates available for broader use.”

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But when it is finally approved, you can be confident that it will be safe and effective.

“We, the undersigned biopharmaceutical companies, want to make clear our on-going commitment to developing and testing potential vaccines for COVID-19 in accordance with high ethical standards and sound scientific principles.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers Safety Pledge

I know I am.

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2 thoughts on “Reasons to Be Confident in a COVID-19 Vaccine”

  1. Nobody wants the dirty dirty Covid jab, because:
    1) This virus evolves too rapidly
    2) There are not enough dollars on this planet to pay the ultra-zillions of dollars compensation to all the victims, even if there is ONLY ONE VICTIM, it is not worth it, unless you hold the entire nation captive as your slave, such as the CCP does.

    We, The People Of Planet Earth, are tired of being used by you, the factory owning space aliens. Give us back our freedom. We want to be just a few hunter gatherers again, and use starlight in a more appropriate manner this time.

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