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Exciting news about a vaccine?

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MawB Mon 20-Jul-20 16:04:52

In today’s Guardian
Oxford University’s experimental coronavirus vaccine is safe and generated a strong immune response in about 1,000 people who volunteered to help trial it, researchers have said, raising hopes it could help end the pandemic.

The results published in the Lancet medical journal are preliminary, however, with the effect of the vaccine measured by the amount of antibodies and T-cells it generates in the blood of the volunteers – not in any response to the virus itself.

Large-scale trials have begun in Brazil and South Africa, however, where infection rates are still high and it will be possible to assess whether vaccinated individuals are less likely to get Covid-19 than others
Could this be, in Churchill’s well known quote:
“Not the end, not even the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning” ? .

Septimia Mon 20-Jul-20 16:12:17

It's good news that positive progress is being made with a vaccine. Good news about treatments, too.

Still a long way to go, I guess, but it proves that being hopeful is worthwhile.

Yes, 'the end of the beginning', I hope.

AGAA4 Mon 20-Jul-20 16:12:44

I think the government have ordered 90,000 of the vaccine?

They think it won't be rolled out till at least December possibly next year.

There is also a potential new treatment that can stop people needing intensive care and shortening the length of the illness.

Good news.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 20-Jul-20 16:53:12

Yes I’ve posted somewhere else about this. My daughter was saying a couple of weeks ago that her friend working on the vaccine in Oxford says it is looking very, very positive. But it is only at stage one and has a number of other stages to go through yet.

So everything crossed

lemongrove Mon 20-Jul-20 17:04:12

It’s looking hopeful, they must have really worked their socks off on this! We certainly do need some positive news on Covid.

Peardrop50 Mon 20-Jul-20 17:10:58

Heartening news. I hope that it's easily attainable and not prohibitively costly so that the whole world benefits for the good of all.

humptydumpty Mon 20-Jul-20 17:26:11

Actually the govt is going to get 90 million (not 90 thousand) doses.

Charleygirl5 Mon 20-Jul-20 18:10:45

I would like to know if there are any long term side effects first- I will be abstaining.

B9exchange Mon 20-Jul-20 18:34:39

Government has signed deals for 90 million doses of possible vaccines from different companies including a German and a French firm, hedging their bets.

If you would like to help, you can help with the research by taking part in the phase 2 of trials at, although rumours are they have had such a response the website is in danger of crashing!

I have tried to volunteer, as they need older people too, I feel it is my duty as a healthy OAP to help out to save others if at all possible. But so far no heard back!

grannyrebel7 Mon 20-Jul-20 19:14:38

This is fantastic news! Really hope it all works out. Good on you B9exchange. I would definitely have the vaccine once it was regulated. They were discussing on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show today about making it mandatory. Caused a bit of a stir with some anti vaxers!

farview Mon 20-Jul-20 19:48:06

Truly wonderful news....but think I would be a bit apprehensive...would want to see how it goes....

MayBee70 Mon 20-Jul-20 20:06:55

Of course the people involved have been working on corona virus vaccines for years without much backing. I hope that, going forward, our scientists will get the respect that they deserve, being incredibly hard working and, from what I was told by someone who worked in London years ago, very underpaid. She moved to Germany where she had a much better salary. The last I heard of her she’d married a millionaire, too.

JenniferEccles Mon 20-Jul-20 22:34:53

It is very encouraging news but even if everything is fine and the vaccine becomes available, it is feared that there may be a certain number of people who will refuse it.

I’m sure we have all read about those really harmful internet sites promoting the anti-vaccine brigade, who are vehemently against any form of vaccination and if their numbers grow we won’t have enough people protected to provide the herd immunity effect.

Callistemon Mon 20-Jul-20 23:37:41

If enough people are vaccinated those who did not want to participate would have to take their chances.
I think about 90% need to be vaccinated to provide community immunity.

maddyone Mon 20-Jul-20 23:43:07

I’ve got my fingers crossed. I really hope it will work out well.

Franbern Tue 21-Jul-20 09:27:42

Think we do need to be prepared to wait sometime to get a vaccine. However, whenever it comes, there will be some sort of concerted fakenews campaign mainly via social media saying how harmful it is and it is actually being used to do some sort of dreadful thing to us.

I just do not understand either the people who put this out, or even less, those silly idiots who believe it.

So many of these very stupid stores around, some people are totally paranoid.

Children have died from preventable measles, etc. due to this sort of rubbish..

I am so grateful for the annual 'flu vaccine and for the single dose one for Pneumonia and shingles. As a young child , I can remember how wonderful it was when they first brought in something to protect us from killer diptheria, and then a few years later, as a teenager, the relief when they finally got something to protect us from the iron lungs caused by polio.

Think these research scientists are the truly great heros and hope they can produce another miracle as soon as possible with a vaccine against Covid19. I most definitely will have it as soon as it is available, as will all my family,

Jane10 Tue 21-Jul-20 09:39:38

It's good that suddenly scientists are our new heros fighting our way to safety from this disease by developing vaccines and finding better treatments. I hope there will be a greater interest in studying science and science as a career. We need youngsters to see this as an interesting career choice.

Jane10 Tue 21-Jul-20 09:40:46

PS I'll be having the vaccine!

BlueSky Tue 21-Jul-20 09:42:28

Well said Franbern!

25Avalon Tue 21-Jul-20 09:44:24

They say no side effects but it only seems to offer immunity for 2 months. I can live with that. This is such a tremendous breakthrough to give a glimmer of light at the end of a long tunnel. These scientists have my admiration and gratitude.

Greeneyedgirl Tue 21-Jul-20 09:48:00

I think it’s great to get good news for a change.

Elderflower2 Tue 21-Jul-20 10:25:56

I won't be having the vaccine but that shouldn't bother those that do.

If they provide a total breakdown of all ingredients and none of them are harmful, perhaps I'll consider it.

ReadyMeals Tue 21-Jul-20 10:30:21

I'm in! I'm prepared to risk side effects of the vaccine, given that on latest stats I am 20% likely to die if I get the virus. Seems a no-brainer

ReadyMeals Tue 21-Jul-20 10:35:51

Talking of anti-vaccers, when my grandson's mother and father were at odds over whether he should have the MMR, and mother gave in so he had it. Just beforehand she had me take a video of him playing, with her voice over "this is my son a healthy intelligent little boy before his MMR" just in case she had to show the world that the vaccine had damaged him. A couple of months later, with a still healthy and intelligent little grandson I asked if we could do an "after" video to share, to show people how he was still happy and healthy after his jab. She got cross with me :D But if he'd been badly affected she'd have been happy to share the before and after videos. So that is social media bias in action! That's how it happens that there is a bias towards sharing the bad effects not the good.

maddyone Tue 21-Jul-20 10:43:51

I assume we’re being told it offers two months protection because that’s how long has passed since the volunteers were inoculated. After three months there’ll be checks, and if still good, it’ll be said to offer three months protection, after four months, it’ll be four months protection, and so on. No one knows how long the protection lasts as it’s only two months since it started to be tested. Anyway, I’d be happy to have the jab regularly if that was what was required.