FDA to meet on Dec 10th
This is what I heard from someone who works in healthcare and is familiar with these issues too (a vague authority I know!) -- that there will soon be a cascade of vaccines that are approved and the distribution timelines will be shorter than anticipated.
I hope so!
I saw Bill Gates speak this weekend and he thinks, with multiple vaccines looking like they will be effective/approved, that distribution won't be as much of an issue as feared.
Of course, a good 50%+ of the population won't take the vaccine. But IMO that will be much less of a problem in blue states. My kids will be able to go back to school in the fall!
Assuming the 95% is accurate (and Fauci said he believes the numbers will hold), then at least the people with functioning brain cells will be protected. What's more, I would assume not being vaccinated will prohibit you from certain activities like international travel, attending school, etc. Even those who don't want to get it may have to if they want to participate in those activities.
@Anon lol at the functioning brain cells.
The issue with non-compliance is that hospitals could still be overrun in areas with low vaccine uptake. But I can't spend my time worrying about that - just glad I live in NYC.
@anonymous Exactly. No matter what, more people being immunized will help lessen the load on hospitals. Honestly the type of people not willing to get the vaccine are the same people having big unmasked gatherings and not giving any thought about how this impacts others now. So I don't see that getting any worse.
Did that poster who predicted a big announcement last Friday share anything further? I haven't seen anything new other than we are waiting for approval.
@Anonymous Thanks. I wonder why they only put in for it on Friday. Do you know when the date the FDA will respond by?
@Anon I'm working on inside info from a hospital, so I don't know about the FDA. I just know that they are completely set up to get vaccines and are expecting them soon.
@Anonymous Thanks. Must be a tough place to work right now. Wishing you lots of health and happiness.
You heard it here first, the vaccine will start being distributed tomorrow (friday)
Are you sure? It hasn't been approved by the FDA yet. Their meeting to approve is set for Dec. 8-10. You may be thinking of when Pfizer is submitting its application to the FDA which was supposed to be Friday.
You forgot the high risk population in your distribution chain.
@Anonymous I guess we had different ideas about what distribution meant. I was thinking needles in arms. :) Maybe you're talking about just sending it out to hospitals to store until the approval comes through. If that's the case, more power to them! Let's not waste a second getting it out there once it's approved!
I'm excited about it in theory but everything I'm reading says it will be a year away at least until everyone has access to it. So best case Q4 2021. Did I miss a different projection?
Me!!!! I want my kids back in school and in their activities. I want to travel. I want to see my family. I want to see shows and performances. I want to go back to the office (I never thought I'd say that). I want to go indoors somewhere that isn't my own apartment.
I am a health care worker and treat a number of Covid patients per shift. I’ve made it this far. Would be thrilled to get this soon and potentially avoid contracting the virus.
I'm really excited. Even though the immediate future is bleak, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like my kids will go back to camp next summer, and school in the fall.