Zero Edge The fact that no government has begun investing in N95 manufacturing just screams incompetence. Guess what provides better immunity than a vaccine? A N95 MASK! Guess what works regardless of what virus is going around? A N95 MASK! Guess what can stop ANY PANDEMIC IMMEDIATLY. N95 MASKS! Seriously, this not only helps the current situation but prepares you for ALL future pandemics with out having to develop a new vaccine each time which takes upwards of a year. If you had a stockpile of N95 masks when all of this started we would be living in a different world today. INVEST IN THE NOW AND INVEST IN THE FUTURE.
🏒 Lucian Marin We tried this before vaccines. It didn't work. Vaccines work a bit better, but they aren't a cure. We need Covid medicine.
☕ David Antoine Vaccines can eradicate a pandemic, like the smallpox if I'm not mistaken... But a lot of factors are involved so I don't know if we can do it for the SARS-COV-2...
Zero Edge Unfortunately it isn't possible with the tools we have even at full vaccination. There are animal reservoirs, not to mention the vaccine does not provide immunity just some kind of "better outcome". The previous vaccines were more of a one and done situation and provided real immunity. These vaccines are not in the same tier of immunity and require consistent "boosters". It is a lot harder to eradicate a virus (even if it did provide the correct immunity) when it requires the entire population of the world to have had a shot within the last 6 months as opposed to anytime in their life.
☕ David Antoine Yes, I almost forgot about animal reservoirs, birds mainly if I'm not mistaken. Although, the SARS-Cov-2 is a +RNA based virus that is all in one genetic sequence while the influenza is -RNA based and split in eight parts. If you have been contaminated with two strains at the same time, the potential for recombination along with mutations is significative in the latter. It can evolve a lot and you end up with something like the Spanish flu or the Swine influenza. If anything, the Cov-2 is more stable in that regard. Also, you shouldn't expect great efficiency from the actual vaccines when they only target the surface spike protein.
♦️ Robert Blinov There's a theory that SARS-CoV-2 (the so called novel coronavirus) doesn't actually exist because it has never been properly isolated. (The definition of "isolation" was changed in the beginning of the epidemic.) And that "the virus" is actually an ultra-potent cocktail of regular coronaviruses and monkey viruses that the PCR tests believe to be SARS-CoV-2. By the way, the US will no longer recognise the validity of PCR tests starting from January.