On Wednesday, December 2nd, the government of Great Britain made history by being the first Western government to approve a vaccine to fight the coronavirus (Covid-19) which is currently the source of the pandemic. The vaccine is made by the US pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, along with its German partner, BioNTech. Pfizer will be shipping an initial 800,00 doses from its Belgium laboratories to Great Britain next week. The elderly and care home staff will be the first to receive the vaccine, which needs to be taken in 2 doses 21 day apart. The vaccine is 95% effective in preventing infection from Covid-19 even for older adults. The FDA in the USA will be meeting on Thursday December 10th to consider giving similar approval for the vaccine’s use in the USA. Once approved it will be ready for distribution within 24 hours. This is good news: the pandemic may soon be over! Keep your fingers crossed!
A new strain of the coronavirus, even more deadlier than COVID-19, has emerged from China. The new strain is called “Swine Acute Diarrhea Syndrome Coronavirus” (SADS-CoV). While COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system, SADS-CoV attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing uncontrollable diarrhea and other serious problems. Someone infected with it can easily die of starvation and dehydration, as you literally can’t keep any food in you. The only potential good news is that the drug, remdesivir, seems to be able to treat this new strain. Remember that if you or anyone you know gets it and lands up in the hospital, as this strain is deadly!
SADS-CoV has recently been found in pigs, which can easily transmit the virus to humans. According to Chinese authorities this human transmission has not happened. Unfortunately, given China’s cover up of SARS and COVID-19, their “track record” of honesty and openness has not been good. Who knows if this new virus has already been spread to humans and left China to start another pandemic. Only time will tell!
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