Shots Heard ‘Round the World: Will Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Start End of Pandemic?
By Adam Smith, The Street
The U.S. found itself this month both in the most dangerous stage of the Covid-19 pandemic to date, and in the most hopeful stage.
Just as the daily case counts of new coronavirus infections surged toward 200,000, the developers of two different vaccines said their shots were around 95% effective at preventing development of full-blown Covid-19 in patients. . .
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On the other hand, there’s the rare possibility that the technology could bring unexpected risks.
“That’s certainly a concern, which is why the subjects in the trials will be followed for a long time,” said Dr. Henry I. Miller, who for many years worked at the Food and Drug Administration and who was the founding director of the agency’s Office of Biotechnology. Eventually, he said, over several more months, concern about new side effects emerging should begin to diminish – and he did not say he was concerned specifically about the vaccines. . .