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South Asian nations turn to China, Russia for vaccine help

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Yep, that must be why Pfizer CEO just talked about the need for a " booster " after 12 months. You can bet big pharma will want this to become an annual shot , just like influenza.

Here's a reference: https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/good-news-mild-covid-19-induces-lasting-antibody-protection/ The looked at bone marrow, where white blood cells are made.

Months after recovering from mild cases of COVID-19, people still have immune cells in their body pumping out antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Such cells could persist for a lifetime, churning out antibodies all the while.

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Modi's 'vaccine diplomacy' failed.

Claimed credit for exporting 66 million doses, even though only about 10 million were donations. 20 million were meant for COVAX and the rest were commercial exports.

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The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), appear to provide lifetime protection in the recent studies for people who got the virus"

Yep, that must be why Pfizer CEO just talked about the need for a " booster " after 12 months. You can bet big pharma will want this to become an annual shot , just like influenza.

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All the vaccines appear to drastically reduce the need for hospitalization, so something is better than nothing.

However, the Russian and Chinese vaccines are proving to be less effective at preventing the disease than the others on the market and the SinoVac protection drastically drops after 6 months. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/efficacy-of-chinese-vaccines-is-not-high-officials-back-3rd-dose/

Gao, speaking at a conference in Chengdu, said that Beijing was “formally considering” possibilities to “solve the problem that the efficacy of the existing vaccines is not high.” Those possibilities included altering individual doses or increasing the number of doses people receive.

The comments were quickly censored on Chinese social media, the Post reported at the time.

Sure, these might cost only $3/ea, but if they aren't good for multiple years, then re-re-re-vaccination looks to be required.

The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), appear to provide lifetime protection in the recent studies for people who got the virus, then also were vaccinated. At the next exposure, antibodies against COVID spike just like they do for other viral infections which are known to be 1-time diseases.

I'd like for the US to help Nepal, but there are lots of western hemisphere nations which also need help from the US. Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Paraguay come to mind. I feel bad for Chile and Brazil and Argentina, since they accepted the Chinese vaccines in desperation. Hopefully, they will be protected from the most severe cases.

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China? Russia? Sure, they'll help, but not in ways those countries expect.

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As long as they don’t ask for Japan for help, they’ll be ok. Japan can’t even help itself.

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