VACCINES HAVE FAILED. IT’S TIME FOR THERAPEUTICS

VACCINES HAVE FAILED. IT’S TIME FOR THERAPEUTICS

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Have biopharmaceutical companies gone too far? As part of the $144 million publicly financed KidCOVE trial, Moderna evaluates its vaccine known as mRNA-1273 (Spikevax) on children as young as 6 months old while some trial sites report that 4 out of 5 of the young participants come from underrepresented/underserved communities (e.g. ethnic minorities, babies from poor households, etc.)  This kind of data point troubles this author's mind but so does the fact that our public health strategy needs to expeditiously pivo to therapeutic treatment. 

The Devil is in the Assumptions

This author argues that there is little to no chance of achieving herd immunity if 100% of Americans including children are immunized with the current crop of early-stage vaccines. Underlying the dominant public health narrative today is the assumption that immunizing children will lead to herd immunity for everyone. That is because children (and the remaining unvaxxed holdouts are deemed the last reservoir of the pathogen).   But assuming this vaccine is still experimenta...

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