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UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use; 1st in the world

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Trump is angry because America isn’t first. Well played UK. Well played.

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I’m not high risk so I won’t be in the line for a shot anytime soon.

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Great! This is the first part of the final step of finally eradicating this pandemic. Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long before the rest the world can see vaccines like this.

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Not to be negative. However, I will wait and see. Remember what happen in Germany in 1958?

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British officials authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, green-lighting the world’s first shot against the virus that’s backed by rigorous science and taking a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.

https://worldabcnews.com/u-k-approves-pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine-for-emergency-use/

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Remember thalidomide

I'm sure many of us remember thalidomide. It was horrific. But it also hugely changed the way drugs are rolled out. Thalidomide was sold over the counter. Vaccines are administered by health professionals. While I'm always nervous about taking medicine, looking at the risks of not taking this vaccine makes me think many will be happy to get to the front of the queue.

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It just happens that the UK is the first to approve its use. US approval is probably only days away if that. The UK developed vaccine is still not approved for use.

Are we allowed to be happy about anything in the UK under your miserable watch?

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olly good show. I say we can all be heroes now.

Rule Brittania! .

Sigh...... This vaccine from Pfizer is one of two developed in the US, in this case with German help. It just happens that the UK is the first to approve its use. US approval is probably only days away if that. The UK developed vaccine is still not approved for use.

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Hooray !

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Another sad day for antivaxxer losers..

LOOOOOL !!..

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Have elderlies or people at risk been part of the trial ?

Volunteers for medical trials are normally healthy people. Elderlies could suffer much more of side effects

That, plus perhaps elders not making antibodies in response to the vaccine.

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Some of y’all are really showing that you don’t know how compressed vaccine development works, huh.

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It's been rushed through without the usual years of trials. I don't intend to get it for at least five years or so; want to make sure it doesn't have any nasty side-effects first.

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It’s amazing how the urge to get back into the pub can motivate a whole country

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Well done UK. Boris Johnson takes a lot of criticism, a lot of it called for, but he deserves to be congratulated for getting the four nations he governs vaccinated first in the world.

I hope the appalling amount of deaths drop to single digits and then zero very soon.

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Jolly good show. I say we can all be heroes now.

Rule Brittania! ...

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I'm a Pfizer shareholder and I approve this message!

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Good news for big pharma and for all of us. Miracle won't happen as you think. Watch out for side effects. Thank you those who will sacrifice their lives first before the rest of the world.

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A question

Have elderlies or people at risk been part of the trial ?

Volunteers for medical trials are normally healthy people. Elderlies could suffer much more of side effects

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Let’s hope it is successful. This would not be the first virus to evolve and become resistant to a vaccine. Personally, I think too many countries are relying too heavily on a vaccine and not doing enough to control the virus spreading.

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Heal now Europe. Watch the numbers drop dramatically now.

God bless the U.K. Show us the way!

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Best of luck to the Brits. Hope it all goes very well.

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Good, I hope the healthcare workers get the vaccines soon.

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‘China ready to deliver it’s vaccine to countries who require it’

thanks China, but I think we’ll pass !

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The vaccine also has been tested in only a small number of children, none younger than 12, and there’s no information on its effects in pregnant women.

Good news but don't think I will rush to vaccinate my kids

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Seems still to be rather experimental and based on a very thin ground of data.

I think ‘thin ground of data’ is inaccurate. If we look at it from a risk-benefit point of view in a country as badly hit as the UK, I’d say it makes sense.

I must admit the lack of data on the effects on pregnant women is concerning.

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Remember thalidomide, be very careful on the uptake of new medicine with no long term trials.

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Seems still to be rather experimental and based on a very thin ground of data.

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Good. Ahead of Japan, America and Germany. Problem with the deep cold storage needed for the vaccine. Germany are building vaccine centers to handle the problem and the numbers of people in a safe way.

The first should be the health care workers. Doctors and nurses. Then the old folks homes.

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Yes ! This is it. The beginning of the end.

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How fast can they make it? How fast can the airlines distribute it? How fast can we get it in people's arms?

But I agree with the others; this is good news.

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This is the vaccine that has to be stored at really cold temperatures. We need the other one that doesn't require that, just as fast.

I know the vaccine will make billions for these companies (and I wish I was a shareholder), but I salute the efforts of the thousands of researchers all around the world who have been working on getting a vaccine as fast as possible.

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Hooray!

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Great news !

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