All the news sites have reported that all over 50 year olds are entitled to another jab now. However, when you go to the NHS website to book one it asks you a series of questions as well as whether you're over 50. A no to those other questions results in a message saying you're not entitled to another jab?! ie you not only have to be over 50 but must be immune compromised, looking after someone who is etc etc
Your enthusiasm makes me hopeful!Just back from Virus Assembly Symposium, which is arguably the top structural biology- virology event. This year we had about half of talks related to coronavirus research, understandably (mainly due to 2020-2021 most of virology labs were semi-forced to focus on coronavirus study, either due to funding or lockdown rules). Some really amazing results, including viewing coronavirus budding under cryo-ET, and seeing how different vaccines produce different conformations of spike protein in the target cells. Virology research in the past three years not only didn't slow down, but actually lifted to a new level, with a lot cross-fields cooperation among structural biology, proteomics, immunology and gene analysis. All these will surely be the fundation for the swift response for the next pandemic, just like SARS and MERS studies made the swift solving on SARS-Cov2 spike protein structure in 2020 possible. To achieve that, we need continuous public concern and support (including funding, of course).
This panademic is not fully over, and there eventually will be next one to come. It would be a real pity to strand the progress scientists have made in the past three years.
I’m not so hopeful. I probably don’t know the full extent of funding and operations but it doesn‘t seem positive,Your enthusiasm makes me hopeful!
As long as UK afford to buy it in, I don't mind where it's made. My optimism is about virological science making progress worldwide.I’m not so hopeful. I probably don’t know the full extent of funding and operations but it doesn‘t seem positive,
I remember the UK building vaccine production and research centres so we aren’t reliant on other countries again.
It was sold off before opening just this year.
There is still the teeside site I believe, which was new. Other testing and research funding has been stopped, and of course we don’t need the same levels as pandemic, but I don’t have much confidence in political decisions these days.
It does go to show what we can do when all the money and resources are thrown at a problem.
Agree with Jeremy. There is doubtless a valuable discussion to be had in the other place…put in terms of the advancement of science, and the ability of humans to create new vaccines - this is just amazing. It’s easy to lose sight of just how much progress is being made. Humans truly are wonderful.
I had the same experience - seems that unless one has a second "qualification" we must wait, meanwhile I understand that there is capacity at the clinics and vaccination centres.I have had the same issue, Dan. When you Google it parts of the NHS sites mirror the media reports but for booking you either have to be over 65 or have other requirements to meet.
Who can have an autumn booster?
A further dose is available to:
Not everyone can book immediately. People aged 50 to 64 years old may not be able to book until later in the autumn.
- adults aged 50 and over
- people aged five to 49 with health conditions which put them at higher risk - including pregnant women
- care home staff
- frontline health and social care workers
- carers aged 16 to 49
- household contacts of people with weakened immune system
Yes true. If we remember there was a real issue with supply and demand hence the requirement to ramp up UK production ability for this and other vaccines In the future. The Billingham site is still active it looks like so we are in a better place than before.
Saying that, it would be rather sad if the United Kingdom, the home country of Alexander Fleming, Joseph Lister and Edward Jenner, would leave the research front end for other countries to be in charge of.
Agreed. My optimism was about research not manufacturing.Saying that, it would be rather sad if the United Kingdom, the home country of Alexander Fleming, Joseph Lister and Edward Jenner, would leave the research front end for other countries to be in charge of.
It also worth reminding that the reason UK secured more vaccine than other European countries in the early stage, is because ChAdOx1 was developed by Oxford University, and there was a deal between the funding body, developer and company. If the Oxford group was not already doing MERS vaccine study, they won't be the first to pass the line, and British will need to buy vaccine developed by American, German, or Chinese. If there is no vaccine, then there is no successful vaccine rollout, which some politicians take it so naturally as their own credit. Just like why Moderna can generate SARS-Cov2 S protein mRNA in weeks, is because other fundamental research scientists already paved the way by doing tons of work on other viruses.
“Our ability to get this particular structure was based upon all our prior knowledge from working on HKU1 and MERS and SARS,” says McLellan.Stopping the pandemic could rely on breakneck efforts to visualize SARS-CoV-2 proteins and use them to design drugs and vaccines.www.nature.com
Firstly - as I've ranted before - is TSMC the most geopolitically important company since the East India Company? Secondly - i guess a lot depends on the specific vaccine manufacturer. TSMC is different from other semiconductor companies in that it consistently innovates on the manufacturing process in order to make chips for other companies. The innovation imperative for them is kinda unique in the world. I really have no understanding of the knowledge needed for vaccine manufacture, but would could imagine that *not* needing that level of research knowledge and expertise would in fact be a good sign.Not to argue whether fundamental research or manufacturing more important, just we should keep in mind how high-tech manufacture nowadays heavily rely on educated human resource who hold research degree. Take TSMC (arguably the most important semiconductor company in the world) for an example, 80% of their managers and engineers have MSc or PhD degree in the related field, which means they all have research experiences and ability. I don't assume biotech manufacture is much different.
To produce stable quality vaccine products itself can be a big research project which needs many PhD and MSc to accomplish. If there is not enough research and high education investiment, the manufacturing unit cannot stand by itself, at least it cannot be anything other than low profit foundry.
If the goal is the swiftly develop and produce good quality and quantity new vaccine for the future new pandemic, then it absolutely needs top research knowledge, which even* Taiwan couldn't offer.I really have no understanding of the knowledge needed for vaccine manufacture, but would could imagine that *not* needing that level of research knowledge and expertise would in fact be a good sign.
Sorry to hear that, Chris. Are you interleaving paracetamol with Ibuprofen?Any reccos for ameliorating symptoms? My other half and I now have covid. Obvs already doing the paracetemol and honey and lemon and cough medicine stuff. Definite aches and pains and brain fog.
My wife's saying that she doesn't want to risk flu & covid booster simultaneously. I'll likely follow her lead!One bad reaction from a pal who had the double vax last week - in fact a triple vax as it was flu plus Moderna and Phizer combined. He reacted badly to previous vaxs too though, and his other half was OK with only the usual achey arm at the injection site.
My wife's saying that she doesn't want to risk flu & covid booster simultaneously. I'll likely follow her lead!