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AstraZeneca Vaccine ‘Highly Effective in Preventing COVID-19’

AstraZeneca Vaccine ‘Highly Effective in Preventing COVID-19’

Release. The. Vaccines. NOW.

AstraZeneca announced Monday morning its COVID-19 vaccine, AZD1222, given in the United Kingdom and Brazil showed 90% effectiveness in preventing the virus after half a dose and then a full dose one month later. It is only 62% effective if given two full doses a month apart.

The trial had 23,000 volunteers.

It’s a good thing the smaller dose shows more promise than the two full doses. The result means costs will remain low and AstraZeneca can provide more doses of the vaccine.

From the press release:

One dosing regimen (n=2,741) showed vaccine efficacy of 90% when AZD1222 was given as a half dose, followed by a full dose at least one month apart, and another dosing regimen (n=8,895) showed 62% efficacy when given as two full doses at least one month apart. The combined analysis from both dosing regimens (n=11,636) resulted in an average efficacy of 70%. All results were statistically significant (p<=0.0001). More data will continue to accumulate and additional analysis will be conducted, refining the efficacy reading and establishing the duration of protection.

An independent Data Safety Monitoring Board determined that the analysis met its primary endpoint showing protection from COVID-19 occurring 14 days or more after receiving two doses of the vaccine. No serious safety events related to the vaccine have been confirmed. AZD1222 was well tolerated across both dosing regimens.

AstraZeneca will apply for an “Emergency Use listing from the World Health Organization” so the vaccine can ship out soon. It hopes to have 3 billion doses ready in January 2021.

Overall, none of the volunteers had severe cases of the coronavirus or had to be hospitalized.

Only 131 volunteers came down with COVID-19.

This is the third vaccine to come out this month to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna each have a vaccine with a 95% prevention rate.

AstraZeneca’s vaccine is cheaper and can easily travel compared to Pfizer’s:

AstraZeneca, which has vowed not to make a profit on the shots during the pandemic, plans to charge about $2.50 per dose. Pfizer’s vaccine will cost about $20 a dose while Moderna’s will range from $15 to $25.

AZD1222 can be transported under “normal refrigerated conditions” of 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit, the company said. Pfizer’s vaccine, meanwhile, requires specially designed “thermal shippers” that use dry ice to keep temperatures around minus-94 degrees Fahrenheit.


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This will present a dilemma to the incoming Communist regime. The Harris/Biden campaign claimed that Trump screwed up the Wuflu response and have promised to shut the country down until there is a vaccine. They also peddled antivax rubbish in an effort to delay a vaccine so they can take credit for one they thought would not be available until late next year.

But now that several vaccines are on the horizon the Communists are faced with some unpleasant alternatives:

1. Do nothing – no shutdowns, allow the vaccine to be distributed. 100% unpalatable to the genocidal maniacs who make up the Party base.

2. Block the vaccines through government regulation agencies and shut down the country again. Even with massive voting fraud and the help of the Joseph Goebbels media this would be a highly risky move, particularly if the vaccine works in other countries.

    Groundhog Day in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | November 23, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    And that’s why the Democrats are going for 3.) – they will continue to lock down everything, while waiting for the majority of the US population being vaccinated – and then check is the vaccine is a.) working and b.) people not dying due to side effect, with the first ‘results’ available around Biden’s inauguration. When the vaccines work, they give themselves the credit for it and end the lockdowns – it the vaccines do not work, the continue with the lockdowns and blame Trump…

      The problem with 3) is that the Harris/Biden regime already on record as loudly saying the vaccine was rushed and is dangerous (a view dutifully echoed by the media). So if they allow any vaccine to go forward they are undercutting their own argument, particularly if the vaccine is successful. Even slow-walking the vaccine by using government red tape and bureaucratic strangulation could backfire if vaccines are seen as working in Europe and elsewhere. And shutdowns will not be popular, no matter how much the Joseph Goebbels media tries to gaslight us. Even Communist regimes with absolute power can overreach and cause their own demise.

      So I think priority #1 for the Communists will be to make the law of the land the massive voting fraud they used to seize power AND to impose draconian speech codes to squelch opposition. To do this the Justice Department and Hawaiian Federal judges will be busy bypassing Congress and the states (not to mention shredding the Constitution) and concentrating power in the hands of the Harris/Biden Administration. The Wuflu was never more than a shiny object to distract the Karens, and the Communists may decide to ignore it (after a meaningless gesture like a nationwide shutdown they have no intention of enforcing).

        Groundhog Day in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | November 23, 2020 at 1:49 pm

        “The problem with 3) is that the Harris/Biden regime already on record as loudly saying the vaccine was rushed and is dangerous (a view dutifully echoed by the media).”

        True – but they never said, what kind of vaccine. Given that Pfizer/BioNTech announced their vaccine first (coincidentally just a few days AFTER the election – with two others following within the next few days), the Dems will maintain that none of these three vaccines would have something to do with Trump’s administration – and that these NEW vaccines would be great. Easy fix for them, as they lie all the time…

        Nevertheless, I’m not contradicting you – I’m just guessing what kind of Communist Kraken the old Obama Gang will release…

        nordic_prince in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | November 23, 2020 at 2:23 pm

        You’re making this harder than it has to be. All they have to do is give Winston his marching orders and memory hole their previous statements. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

      Why would you take a 90% effective vaccine when your own immune system is 99% effective, assuming you’re under about 55 years of age?

        cgray451 in reply to randian. | November 24, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        Because in the real world, your immune system is closer to 0% effective at preventing infection from this virus, and you can then spread it to innocent people who may die.

        About which you care not at all because TRUMP!!!!!

    The national Democrats need COVID-19 to be an issue into 2021 so they can bail out their counterparts in the blue states who have run up massive pension and retiree healthcare obligations in exchange for public sector union support. They will push for at least $2T and, should they sweep the senate run-offs in GA, more than $3T in magically printed money to bail the whole broken scheme out saddling future generations with monumental debts to pay or to be inflated away by the Fed and its lackeys.

The press is no longer free. If it were, headlines would be loudly praising President Trump. His Corona cure initiative has delivered multiple viable vaccines in record time. Another promise kept. These vaccines will save millions of lives all over the globe.The world, the entire world, owes the President its gratitude.

And of course, team Biden is bitching because they’re not being involved in plans to roll out the vaccine. Oh well.. they’re just going to have to suck it up because if it starts getting distributed next month, it’ll be too late for the democrats to use it as yet another social justice tool.

So, within 2 months of starting phase 3 trials, they can tell that the vaccine is effective, but 9 months after the arrival of the disease in the US, and a full year after it was discovered in China, they still can’t tell whether the disease itself confers immunity?

Riiiiigghhhht. #rolleyes

    alaskabob in reply to bigskydoc. | November 23, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    The disease confers conformity. All is well now… the ship of state has been righted and “reset” after the attempt to swerve away from the reefs. Recline and decline in comfort. It’s not what comes first but last… English as a second language to Spanish, Chinese or Arabic? Take your pick.

    GaryGimp in reply to bigskydoc. | November 23, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    And…what about any long term affects?

    randian in reply to bigskydoc. | November 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    The vaccine manufacturers probably have a bunch of data on natural covid-19 immunity, it just isn’t in their or the Democrat party’s best interest to publish it.

    Has covid-19 even been isolated yet?

Important caveat: This information comes from a press release. All press releases should be treated with suitable skepticism.

An analysts from Leerink calls into question a number of the claims from AZ. I could try to summarize but don’t have the time at the moment. Read for yourself here:

Personally, I hope the AZ vaccination works and is safe as it is the one I would be most comfortable taking as it is adenovirus based vs the mRNA based vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer.

    That’s good to know, the mRNA vaccines are sketchy.

      BillyHW in reply to randian. | November 23, 2020 at 11:05 pm


        randian in reply to BillyHW. | November 23, 2020 at 11:15 pm

        They’ve likely only done short-term safety checks. No mRNA vaccine has previously been licensed and approved for humans. RNA is particularly potent at inducing innate immune response, and long-term adverse effects like autoimmune diseases, including test fatalities, have been a problem in previous mRNA trials on animals.

Joe Biden has only been president-elect for a few days and already he’s invented 3 working vaccines. Amazing.

I have a compromised immune system but refuse to jump on this vaccine bandwagon. As with the ill-advised promotion of phased reopening, demand for a vaccine will be exploited by the left to mandate universal vaccination. When that happens, kiss your freedom goodbye.

The quote is not “Give me liberty or give me a vaccine”.

So, in less than a year we have three vaccines and a treatment.
Operation Warp Speed proves the first law of aerodynamics:

With enough money, even a brick could fly.

But, truely, it is an amazing feat to come up with even one vaccine in this time-frame.

No amount of money could replace a loved-one.

Trump called it right again, for this I am thankful.