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Covid: new vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists

Survey of experts in relevant fields concludes that new variants could arise in countries with low vaccine coverage

By Natalie Grover | 30 March 2021

THE GUARDIAN — The planet could have a year or less before first-generation Covid-19 vaccines are ineffective and modified formulations are needed, according to a survey of epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists.

Scientists have long stressed that a global vaccination effort is needed to satisfactorily neutralise the threat of Covid-19. This is due to the threat of variations of the virus – some more transmissible, deadly and less susceptible to vaccines – that are emerging and percolating.

The grim forecast of a year or less comes from two-thirds of respondents, according to the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of organisations including Amnesty International, Oxfam, and UNAIDS, who carried out the survey of 77 scientists from 28 countries. Nearly one-third of the respondents indicated that the time-frame was likely nine months or less. […]

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4 Comments on Covid: new vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists

  1. >Survey of experts

    A cheap appeal to authority — I saw numerous articles a year ago where “experts” said prisoners should be released due to COVID — this did not and does not make sense to me, since there is no population whose social contacts are easier to control than inmates — if you want evidence that “experts” are often full of shit, and that there is a much bigger agenda here, you need not look further than this.

    >new variants could arise in countries with low vaccine coverage

    A not so subtle tie-in to vaccination — more rhetoric in the push to mandate COVID vaccines.

    >according to the People’s Vaccine Alliance

    They list their supporters alphabetically (link) — down the list is the ‘Open Society Foundations’.

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