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Argue and pontificate as much as you like about the released public data in SA. It is crawling with errors all the time. The official data used to take decisions is hidden from the public.
It is a case all over the world, the virus takes two days off every week and no one is infected, hospitalised or dies on Saturdays and Sundays.
The third wave in SA started weeks ago, and is now showing in the official trend plots as well.
The CSIR guy said as much last night/yesterday on TV in an interview.
He tried to link it to the excesses over the Easter Weekend but his story was rather thin and far too vague.
Which is probably never. If this thing keeps staying low the way it is at the moment, do you really thing the ANC will waste money on vaccines for people that can be stolen for themselves otherwise?Probably takes off around three weeks or so after vaccination really gets going ... same pattern has occurred in multiple countries across the world.
So here are two pieces of news, one genuinely good and one genuinely bad. Not “good” like “Donald Trump has the miracle cure and will airlift it to your house this afternoon” good or “bad” like “Your cat will breathe coronavirus into your lungs” bad, but genuinely good and bad.
First, the good: The main Covid vaccines prevent very serious illness even when fighting variants, writes Sam Fazeli. As we’ve said before, forget those headline efficacy numbers and focus on what really matters: keeping people out of hospitals, especially in developing countries.
That brings us to the bad: Developing countries aren’t getting vaccines anywhere near quickly enough, writes David Fickling. Some of this is first-world vaccine hoarding, but a lot is simply dumb rules protecting Big Pharma while slowing the spread of lifesaving drugs. Us Western folks who desperately want to believe the pandemic is all over should remember that as long as it’s loose in the world, doing crunches and getting stronger, we’re not really safe. We need more shots in arms, stat.
It might have its emergency approval, but while they are still testing how effective it is after 6 months, whether it can be used on teens or whether a 3rd booster dose might be required, they are still trying to see what works best.Pfizer is NOT supposed to be part of a trial. It is supposed to be part of the real vaccination roll-out.