kaitak wrote:1) I'm hearing various stories about the stages of development of a vaccine. Dr. Fauci, who is obviously an expert, seems to be optimistic that a vaccine might be available next year; there is a group of Oxford based scientists who also seem to have made huge progress. On the other hand, there is still (apparently) no vaccine for SARS, which was around over a decade ago. Which is closer to the truth? I am guessing that due to the massive economic hit from Covid, that it is being prioritized all over the world
2) Once it is proven that whatever vaccine is successful and does the job, what are the procedures; presumably, much like a plane has to be approved by various different airworthiness authorities, its the same with medicines, BUT might that not get wound up in politics? Would the FDA and the European/UK/Australian etc authorities recognise each others' certification. Given (for example) the UK/EU Brexit talks at the moment, could a vaccine become a pawn in that dispute? Are there international treaties/agreements which prevent medicines becoming pawns in trade talks, particularly in situations such as this?
3) Cost: the organisations and companies investing in this will have thrown billions at it and no doubt got financial support from governments. It's one thing for it to be exported to/licensed in wealthy countries, but what about (say) sub-Saharan Africa or other poorer regions? Not getting the vaccine at the same time as others will almost certainly cause huge problems for them?
4) What if the vaccine itself works as far as Covid is concerned, but creates other problems, e.g. birth defects - which, given the speed at which it is being introduced - might not be noticeable until it's too late? Pharma companies could find themselves facing billions in lawsuits. However, given that national govts are probably putting massive pressure on Pharma companies and research teams, might they be protected/indemnified from this?
5) Scale: basically, you will need about 4-5bn people inoculated, which is going to be a massive logistical challenge. That's not going to happen quickly. Also, is there going to be an agreed system of recognising other countries' inuculations - e.g. will people get a passport stamp or some other fraud-proof certificate to show that they have received the vaccine and can therefore travel?
It seems to me that much though we might wish that the vaccine would be available very quickly, there is a lot that has to happen, even when a vaccine is developed, that can delay it and therefore, it might well be well into the second half of next year before it can actually be available to everyone who needs it.
I'd love to know a bit more, especially from people with some knowledge of medicines and the approval process, which I understand it (necessarily) quite complex.
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