The Real World: Vaccines

Messenger RNA vaccines work extraordinarily well in “the real world,” a new CDC study has confirmed in a study of nearly 4,000 health care workers and other essential workers.
The trial found that 2-dose mRNA jabs produced by Pfizer and Moderna were 90% effective in preventing COVID-19—not far off of the 95% and 94% that the shots showed in clinical trials, respectively.

What's in an mRNA vaccine?

Big Pharma have kept their formulas under wraps—causing considerable debate in the global race to ramp up production. (See Key Developments above.) 

  • Taking matters into their own hands, Stanford scientists recreated Moderna’s formula and published the 2-page recipe on Github, VICE reports. How? They requested FDA approval to obtain garbage-bound dregs of vaccine vials.

  • In late 2020, another scientist published the Pfizer formula in a blog post.

And while this transparency may be welcome, “Nobody will be making an mRNA vaccine in their garage any time soon,” wrote engineer Jason Neubert

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