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The first effective coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, a preliminary analysis shows.

The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity".

Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised. 

The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month.

A vaccine - alongside better treatments - is seen as the best way of getting out of the restrictions that have been imposed on all our lives.

There are around a dozen in the final stages of testing - known as a phase 3 trial - but this is the first to show any results. 

It uses a completely experimental approach - that involves injecting part of the virus's genetic code - in order to train the immune system. 

Previous trials have shown the vaccine trains the body to make both antibodies - and another part of the immune system called T-cells to fight the coronavirus.

Two doses, three weeks apart, are needed. The trials - in US, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Turkey - show 90% protection is achieved seven days after the second dose. 

Pfizer believes it will be able to supply 50 million doses by the end of this year, and around 1.3 billion by the end of 2021.

However there are logistical challenges, as the vaccine has to be kept in ultra-cold storage at below minus 80C.

There are also questions about how long immunity lasts and the companies have not presented a breakdown of the vaccine's effectiveness in different age groups. 

Dr Albert Bourla, the chairman of Pfizer, said: "We are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis."

Prof Ugur Sahin, one of the founders of BioNTech, described the results as a "milestone".

The data presented is not the final analysis. It is based on the first 94 volunteers to test positive for Covid - the precise effectiveness of the vaccine may change when the full results are analysed.

The companies say they will have enough safety data by the third week of November to take their vaccine to regulators.

Until then it is not possible for countries to begin their vaccination campaigns. The UK has already put in an order for 30m doses.

Source: BBC News (UK)

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This is exactly what happens in the movie V for Vendetta.

The government releases a virus, everyone ends up voting for one person, then “magically” the next day there is a virus... very suspicious timing if you ask me.

*I’m half joking, but I just watched the movie, and it’s eerie how close it is to our life right now.

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1 minute ago, ExXL said:

I'm not denying the cordilla virus, but! I would think twice before injecting a new substance that no one is familiar with into my body, it could be much worse than the virus, I'll wait for side effects at least 6 months after it is approved by the WHO. :tiffdrink_miss_ms_ny_new_york_drinking_sips_sipping_tea_straw:

Oh 100%. Nobody should just take something at face value, no matter who (pun) tells you. The virus isn’t as bad as we thought, the death rate is around 1%, there’s no need to rush this process.

In university we learned drug trials take at least 2 years with testing and approval. Rushing the situation isn’t going to help anyone.

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Just now, A.a.A said:

Oh 100%. Nobody should just take something at face value, no matter who (pun) tells you. The virus isn’t as bad as we thought, the death rate is around 1%, there’s no need to rush this process.

In university we learned drug trials take at least 2 years with testing and approval. Rushing the situation isn’t going to help anyone.

Absolutely,and I'm not much into conspiracies, but I've heard a lot of disturbing things about that whole situation that make too much sense, and it's really hard to believe everything on the news nowadays, so yeah people should be allowed to judge for themselves. 

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10 minutes ago, ExXL said:

I'm not denying the cordilla virus, but! I would think twice before injecting a new substance that no one is familiar with into my body, it could be much worse than the virus, I'll wait for side effects at least 6 months after it is approved by the WHO. :tiffdrink_miss_ms_ny_new_york_drinking_sips_sipping_tea_straw:

I will never take that vaccin and WHO is unfortunately not a reliable source.

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5 minutes ago, ExXL said:

I know, e.g according to the WHO circumcision has "health benefits" what a ******* joke. 

LOL yes that is an example. Doesn’t have much to do with the situation, but it is an example.

Just the rates of infection/death rate doesn’t warrant this vaccine rush. The rate is around the annual flu and we don’t rush those. So it’s not like this is NEEDED.

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Project Warp Speed! Well done Pfizer-Biontech and well done Mr. President! This is what will save lives, not Biden’s empty talk. This is called SCIENCE Biden, Democrats, and media! And President Trump should tout it all day long! Plus, the other day unemployment dropped big to 6.9%. The president should tout that too. That’s called CAPITALISM.

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I'm pro vaccins but I will never get this one.

If you see how much time it takes to develop a new vaccin or medicine, this looks rather fishy in such a short amount of time even when it's controlling the world. I am skeptical about the test results whereas other vaccins have a much longer period of testing.

They can't cure or vaccinate against cancer which is a very deadly thing among all of us and is heavily funded yet they can vaccinate against covid in barely 1 year? Yeah sure Jan.

Not trying to be a denier or anything but I can't be the only one thinking this feels rushed?

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42 minutes ago, Just Because said:

Project Warp Speed! Well done Pfizer-Biontech and well done Mr. President! This is what will save lives, not Biden’s empty talk. This is called SCIENCE Biden, Democrats, and media! And President Trump should tout it all day long! Plus, the other day unemployment dropped big to 6.9%. The president should tout that too. That’s called CAPITALISM.

And just what did Trump have to do with this? This is Pfizer alone that can tout it all day long :queenriri_rihanna_red_wave_carpet_smile: 

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