By Brenda Steele:
A a regular watcher of the WHO press conferences, I was surprised by the rather forthright manner of Dr Ryan when he rebuked Jamey Keaten of Associated Press for the manner of his question. WHO officials are normally much more diplomatic.
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 04/12/2020 the last ten minutes or so – from 1 hour in.
“Be careful with your rhetoric. This is an important time for us to have a proper dialogue. And the way that you formulate a question can often betray the way you intend it to be answered – and that’s how misinformation and disinformation spreads.”
Later on Dr Ryan says “This matters: this counts. People being vaccinated matters.”
Soumya Swaminathan follows on gives a good explanation of how new vaccines have been developed and why are becoming available so quickly.
Why is this of interest? Well. It looks like misinformation/disinformation or at the very least doubts as to the safety and efficacy of vaccination are creeping onto this very site.
Contrary December 6, 2020 at 8:22 am:
This isn’t strictly to do with this article, but with the new vaccine about to be distributed and people having concerns, or not enough concerns (!), I thought it would be useful to post this comment here too:
Writer first notes Devi Sridhar retweeted. Well that does seem to be a good start.
With Scotland due to start vaccination next week with the Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 coronavirus vaccine, what do we know about it? a thread
So who is this?
Thomas Christie Williams
Wellcome Trust ECAT Clinical Lecturer
- MRC Human Genetics Unit
- MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
Prior to joining the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the IGMM, I was a Paediatric Registrar in Edinburgh, working mainly in Neonatal Intensive Care. My previous work includes research in neonatology, international child health and human evolution.
I hold a BA (1st class) in Archaeology and Anthropology from St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, and a medical degree (MB BChir, with Distinction) from Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.
Disappointing that he is
- Not in Public health,
- Not a virologist,
- Not treating Covid-19 patients hands-on.
Hmmm. Not so impressive then. And what does Dr Thomas Christie Williams have to say about the efficacy and safety? Good question. A big fat nothing as far as I can see.
But Contrary has extrapolated from his purely technical description.
A lot of it might not be particularly accessible for most people what with the medical detail, but you can get the gist by scrolling through the thread. It is experimental stll, so not enough is known for guaranteed long-term safety and certainty in efficacy, in all categories of people anyway, but it is going to work to some extent and it won’t kill you.
And Contrary goes on to say
I think it’s useful to watch Jeanne Freeman’s Covid Statement in parliament (you can find it on parliament tv, in recently archived) about how they are distributing and the plans and what the guidelines are. First off, she acknowledged the above issues – experimental nature and uncertain efficacy – and sets out who is in the Phase 1 inoculation group, those that will receive this Pfizer one; that’s medical and care staff, then 80+ aged people and some young vulnerable people.
Recently archived? Sorry – don’t have the time to hunt that down. A date is required so exactly what she said can be verified. Given the take on Dr Thomas Christie Williams’s thread, that might be important.
My own recommendation is that if you want to bone up on the science and keep up with the latest developments there is nowhere better than https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/ At first it may seem all too technical but persist and your understanding will improve. It is a lot better than the BBC and a whole lot more enjoyable.