• Paused trial shows that fearmongering over 'Trump vaccine' was both dum

    From Ubiquitous@21:1/5 to All on Sat Oct 17 10:51:27 2020
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    This week, Johnson & Johnson paused a clinical trial of its COVID-19
    vaccine candidate because one of its 60,000 participants is
    experiencing an “unexplained illness.” This comes after AstraZeneca
    briefly paused a trial just last month after one of its 30,000 subjects
    had experienced an illness. That trial resumed once an investigation
    revealed that the illness was unrelated to the test vaccine, but the
    delay is not harmless.

    Although any slowdown in the testing of a vaccine is a disappointment
    for a world eager to return to normal as soon as possible, both of
    these pauses should help debunk the dangerous fearmongering being
    pushed by the media and leading Democrats that President Trump is
    somehow going to rush out an unsafe vaccine before the election.

    In the vice presidential debate last week, Sen. Kamala Harris
    reiterated her statement that she would not take a vaccine exclusively
    on Trump’s say-so.

    “If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell
    us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it,
    absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should
    take it, I’m not taking it.”

    Her answer is an attempt to give credence to liberal conspiracy
    theories over vaccine development while simultaneously dodging
    criticism for indulging the anti-vaccination movement. In reality, the
    argument is a straw man. There is no universe in which Trump somehow
    declares a vaccine safe and effective and individuals suddenly find
    themselves in a position to choose whether or not to take it purely on
    his word.

    These self-initiated pauses demonstrate that pharmaceutical companies
    are not eager to rush out unsafe vaccines to hundreds of millions of

    Furthermore, despite all the talk about the politicization of science
    under the Trump administration, the Food and Drug Administration has
    released guidance to drugmakers, saying that it would not authorize the emergency use of any COVID-19 vaccine unless the companies monitored
    study participants for two months after the conclusion of the trial.
    Drugmakers did not protest this, as it had been widely assumed and

    Critics of the Trump administration have pointed to the FDA previously authorizing the use of hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma in
    treating coronavirus patients as evidence that they would ultimately be
    cowed into short-circuiting safety requirements to rush out a vaccine.
    But those cases cannot be fairly compared to the considerations
    regarding authorizing the use of the vaccine. Previous treatments were
    OK'd for the use of patients who were already infected by the
    coronavirus and were in a life-or-death situation in which doctors had
    to consider trying literally anything possible to improve survival

    Any vaccine, however, will be given to hundreds of millions of
    perfectly healthy people. Nobody wants to take the risk of injecting
    perfectly healthy people with something unless they’re confident that
    it is safe.

    It was never realistic to think that large drug companies and federal regulators would short-circuit the normal process just to rush out a
    vaccine to help Trump's electoral fortunes. That's just crazy talk. The
    choice outlined by Democrats such as Harris (of considering whether to
    take a vaccine purely on Trump’s say-so) was never going to be a choice
    that any person would plausibly have to face.

    Given that no vaccine is expected to be effective for everybody who
    takes it, an overwhelming majority of the population is likely going to
    have to take it to produce anything resembling herd immunity to COVID-
    19. Thanks to statements such as those from Harris, however, public
    skepticism about a vaccine is higher than it should be — meaning that
    the task of public health officials will be made more difficult once a
    vaccine hopefully clears regulatory hurdles. This is a dangerous and potentially deadly political game that Democrats are playing.

    Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
    love this country.

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