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In all fairness to the BBC, the infographic isn’t exactly false, however it relies on people not considering each step carefully.
Phase 1 studies do typically last 1 year, however safety data is normally taken from the first 30 – 90 days. This is true of Phase 2 studies as well. The safety aspect of just about all vaccine trials is rarely longer than 6 weeks.
Phase 3 trials are generally not really followed up, typically this involves sending thousands if not millions of vaccines to third-world countries and see what happens. Little to no data on health issues is recorded.
So while the process is indeed much longer for a vaccine to actually go from development to reality, the important bit, the bit that can be a matter of life or death for some people, the safety trials, are usually only a few weeks.
In reality, all they have done is remove the usual bureaucracy and hurdles in place to get a vaccine distributed on mass.
2021 – Year of the Vaccine
2021 is going to be an interesting year. The hype built up around the covid-19 vaccine is like nothing we’ve seen before. While most governments are saying they won’t mandate it, they basically will. Through the use of coercion, the result will be the same.
No, you don’t have to have the vaccine, but if you do not vaccinate, you will have no access to travel, schools, childcare, public transport, entertainment venues, public parks, government benefits and so on.
What will you do, will you just give up and have the damn vaccine anyway, or will you fight this?
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