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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:25 AM

Covid Vaccine: The supply chain to save the world is unprepared

Trump always talks about having a vaccine in the hopper by the end of the year. I believe he thinks that this lie will be his ticket to re-election. I'm no epidemiologist/scientist, but even I know such a brag is a boatload of horse hockey. We will be wearing face masks for the foreseeable future -- I'd say at least two years. In the U.S. the virus is digging its heels in and will be marching northward from the hot zone states. Americans simply do not have the cohesive force of will to slow it down. No one's going to stop us from partying and going and doing what we want ever -- except SARS-CoV-2: the boss of us for some time to come.

The other stuff I think: Congress will have to cough up more cash to keep Americans off the streets; children won't finish the school year (community spread = school buses, mass transit). There's other stuff I think but won't say; I don't want to be a total Debbie Downer. You -- all of us -- have got to take care of ourselves to the best of our ability. If you've survived Covid-19, God bless you. If you've lost loved ones to it, I will keep you in my heart and prayers. If you've never been infected, do everything you can not to be. Don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed by fear. Fear and stress mugs the immune system that you'll need to be strong against Covid-19.

Full article at link:

Bloomberg.com: The Supply Chain to Save the World is Unprepared for a Vaccine

Making a vaccine quickly is hard enough but distributing one worldwide offers a host of other variables, and conflicting forces may work against the effort: The infrastructure powering the global economy is scaling down for a protracted downturn just as pharmaceutical companies need to scale up for the biggest and most consequential product launch in modern history.

“We’re not prepared,” Neel Jones Shah, global head of air carrier relationships at San Francisco-based freight forwarder Flexport, said during a webinar this week with other logistics executives.

“Let’s all be honest here, vaccine supply chains are exponentially more complex than PPE supply chain,” he said, referring to personal protective equipment like surgical masks and gloves. “You can’t ruin PPE by leaving it on the tarmac for a couple of days. You will destroy vaccines.”

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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:59 AM

1. If it's made in Europe there's a good chance

they won’t allow it here all because they use a synthetic version of horseshoe crab blood. Crazy, right? But true. They use a synthetic version in Europe and it’s not been approved for use in the US.

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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:12 AM

2. Even if a vaccine is developed,

it may require multiple inoculations and it may also require periodic inoculations as the virus mutates (similar to having to receive a flu shot each year). The administrative record-keeping to track the treatment therapies presents another set of obstacles. If the virus was contained within a small geographic area then we might have been able to quash the virus. However, since the virus has spread worldwide it has changed the landscape forever. We may be able to reduce the spread of the virus, but I doubt that it will ever be eliminated.

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