Amid a profound lack of success among Covid-19 vaccines when it comes to originally-promised goals-- preventing infection and transmission-- top vaccine makers have announced plans to develop yet another vaccine that they hope will work against all Coronaviruses. It's called a "pan-coronavirus" vaccine.
That's according to Medscape. The article did not detail what was meant by the vaccine "working." Originally, the Covid-19 vaccines were touted to prevent Covid. However, when it quickly became apparent that the vaccines were not good at preventing infection, transmission, or illness; advocates stated the vaccines "work" because, in theory, they prevent serious illness and death. However, scientists say most people who get Covid without being vaccinated will have mild illness and not die.
According to Medscape:
With the knowledge that any of the other coronaviruses could pose a serious future threat, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced plans on Wednesday to develop a vaccine that will work against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the entire class, or family, of related coronaviruses.
Trials in people of this "pan-coronavirus" vaccine are scheduled to start this fall, Reuters reported. The aim of this universal vaccine is to lessen the threat from new variants before they emerge – to provide "durable variant protection."
Vaccine makers and their public health partners have struggled amid a crisis in confidence among the public. They continue to push vaccination, including multiple boosters, for nearly everyone, including babies.
The vaccines have no long term data to show their safety profile over time, or how they may interact with other medicines and vaccines. Scientists say some vaccine side effects emerge months or years after the vaccine is given.
Nonetheless, advocates say the vaccines are proven to be safe and effective.
A number of serious and deadly side effects have been identified, but vaccine advocates say the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks.
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