I’m no doctor but this seems to be a pretty stupid idea….
For ALL of the three top Covid-19 vaccines the published information is that given just the first dose?
The vaccine is around 50% effective….
That sound like people with only one shot COULD get the virus sometime after getting the shot….
Those with TWO doses would get the maximum immunity in several weeks….
The delayed approach seems to be like wasting the vaccine and endangering the population…
The answer seems to this dog to be get MORE of the Moderna vaccine going because it is less temperature sensitive and can be used in more places….
We only have two weeks until Biden’s people can begin to straighten things out….
Officials in Britain have already decided to delay second doses of vaccines made by the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer as a way of more widely distributing the partial protection afforded by a single shot.
Health officials in the United States have been adamantly opposed to the idea. “I would not be in favor of that,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CNN on Friday. “We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing.”
The debate reflects frustration that so few Americans have gotten the first doses. The public rollout remained bumpy over the weekend. Seniors lined up early for vaccinations in one Tennessee town, but the doses were gone by 10 a.m. In Houston, the Health Department phone system crashed on Saturday, the first day officials opened a free vaccination clinic.
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, now a center of the pandemic, said that vaccine distribution was moving far too slowly. Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients during the past month have more than doubled in California.
All of them are intended to be delivered in two doses on a strict schedule. The first injection teaches the immune system to recognize a new pathogen by showing it a harmless version of some of the virus’s most salient features. After the body has had time to study up on this material, as it were, a second shot presents these features again, helping immune cells commit the lesson to memory.
Clinical trials run by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna showed the vaccines were highly effective at preventing cases of Covid-19 when delivered in two doses separated by three or four weeks.
Some protection appears to kick in after the first shot of vaccine, although it’s unclear how quickly it may wane. Still, some experts now argue that spreading vaccines more thinly across a population by concentrating on first doses may save more lives than making sure half as many individuals receive both doses on schedule.
That would be a remarkable departure from the original plan. Since the rollout began last month in the United States, second shots of the vaccines have been held back to guarantee that they will be available for people who have gotten their first injections….