Paul Offit joins TWiV to discuss all things vaccine, including how COVID-19 vaccine development was accelerated, whether the vaccines are safe and efficacious, the difference between an EUA and a licensed vaccine, sterilizing immunity, herd immunity, and much more.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker
Guest: Paul Offit
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- Vaccine education center 5:37
- Letters read on TWiV 720 1:00:27
- Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
Weekly Picks 1:43:17
Dickson – Life in a Day 2020
Brianne – Microcosms in Glass
Alan – NEJM article on promoting vaccination, interview with lead author
Rich – The Microbescope
Vincent – Autism’s False Prophets by Paul Offit
Earl – Science is Real Pins
Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees
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Just re. Anna’s question @~1:40:00 re. any attempts in the trials to tamp down the incidence, my experience is that they did quite the opposite. I volunteered with the University of Pittsburgh but wasn’t selected for the Pfizer trial because of being considered at insufficient risk of contracting COVID: I live with only one other at some distance in an individual house, only work around one other person, and that’s outside, etc.
In contrast, a phage virologist colleague with a wife and three kids who lives in a six-unit condo and has other interactions, was selected. And of course, lucky him, he got the vaccine, not the placebo (altho by now of course he would anyway have received the vaccine if he had gotten the placebo).
Honored you read my message on Abbott BinaxNow tests. BUT, I am embarrassed I didn’t proofread it better! I was talk texting in my car on the fly while rushing off to clinic and didn’t imagine it would get read! Keep up the good work. And, by the way, I have no relationship to the Dr Wakefield responsible for anti-vax theories.