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Scientists involved in oversight of the Operation Terminal Velocity COVID-19 vaccine trials are tempering excitement about efficacy, keeping in mind that the research studies haven’t revealed yet whether the products can prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
” We do not understand if individuals can become infected and therefore also transmit even with vaccination,” said former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, in a November 18 instruction on COVID-19 vaccines sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Academy of Medication (NAM).
Because of that and others– consisting of if there isn’t considerable uptake of vaccine– “people can anticipate to still be wearing masks, still be asked to follow non-pharmaceutical public health measures that we’ve all come to know so well,” she said.
It might take a year or more to get the research studies to answer the transmission question, said Larry Corey, MD, who assists manage the vaccine trials as part of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) COVID-19 Avoidance Network. With vaccination could come what scientists call “behavioral dis