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The dangers inherent in a ‘miracle’ coronavirus vaccine – opinion

Trump’s miracle coronavirus vaccine could actually work, it would be a miracle – but miracles don’t happen often.

By Gwynne Dyer | JPost
September 10, 2020 20:20

 Nine of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies have just promised not to apply for regulatory approval for any new COVID-19 vaccine before it has gone through all three phases of clinical study. Why would they do such a thing?

You’d be surprised if brain surgeons got together and promised not to operate while drunk, or if the bus drivers’ union publicly pledged that its members will not drive recklessly. They don’t do that because operating sober and driving carefully are just part of the job. So is ensuring that new vaccines are safe and effective.

Yet nine major players in the international pharmaceutics market – AstraZeneca (UK-Sweden), BioNTech (Germany), GlaxoSmithKline (UK), Johnson & Johnson (US), Merck (Germany), Moderna (US), Novavax (US), Pfizer (US) and Sanofi (France) – all felt obliged to reassure the public that they won’t cheat. What’s up?Obviously, it’s the perception that other players in the same market may indeed be cutting corners.

We’re not talking here about Russia and China, both of which have begun inoculating some key workers with vaccines that are still listed by the WHO as being in clinical trials. No surprise here: Everybody knows that those regimes break the rules whenever they feel like it.

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