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Why It’s A Bad Idea to Postpone the Olympics to 2022

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been the safest option to end up cancelling or even delaying worldwide events that were said to take place this 2020. We were told to practice and maintain social distancing as well as safety precautions in hopes of remaining safe from the novel virus.

One of the most important events that people were hoping to attend and watch live on TV is the “Olympics”. This 2020, the Olympics was going to take place in Tokyo this year since every year the Olympics is situated in a certain country. But now since the coronavirus pandemic has gone viral, it was best to momentarily postpone the event.

Since the virus sparked, it was decided that the Olympics will be postponed until July 2021 which is around a year from now. Today though, discussions are arising claiming that it is impossible and that they cannot delay the Olympics more than they already have.

The President of Tokyo, Yoshiro Mori, states that they won’t be able to postpone the games even more than they already have. Yes Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister, stated that it is best to start considering a two year postponement but he has officially decided that one year is the latest they could postpone the event.

According to specialists, it is said that the Coronavirus is to last at least another two years depending on each country and the situation of the virus then. Also, famous researchers are fearing that this is the Spanish Flu all over again.  If you guys are familiar with what happened back then, you would remember that the Spanish Flu lasted around two years.

In our opinion, the safest option is to keep cautious and maintain social distancing as well as precautionary measures for the next two years to be fully sure that we have beat the war against the COVID-19. Unless we’re lucky and someone finds an ultimate cure or antiviral, its best to be safe rather than sorry.

Unfortunately the Japanese organizers are under heavy pressure from both sports associations and athletes due to the year-long postponement, so imagine having to tell them that they’ve decided to postpone it for yet another extra year than what they have previously agreed upon.

“Also thinking about athletes and issues over Games management, it is technically difficult to delay it by two years,” Mori was quoted as saying.

A well informed professor refuted saying: “To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” said Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious diseases at Kobe University.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out but for the time being let us remain optimistic.

 

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Shows 90% Effectiveness With No Serious Side Effects

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AstraZeneca announced today the effectiveness of its Covid-19 vaccine and it turned out to be around 90% effective with no serious side effects!

According to data from the late-stage trials in Britain and Brazil, the vaccine, which is developed by Oxford University, has shown 90% effectiveness after being administered as a a half dose followed by a full dose at least one month apart.

“This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,” Pascal Soriot, Astra’s chief executive, said in a statement.

British Prime minister Boris Johnson said it was “incredibly exciting news the Oxford vaccine has proved so effective in trials.”

The next step now is for the company to start preparing regulatory submission of the data to authorities across the world that have a framework in place for conditional or early approval.

It will also seek an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (WHO) to speed up availability in countries with low income. In parallel, the full analysis of the interim results is being submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

With both Oxford’s and Pfizer’s vaccines, we can be hopeful that the new year will come bearing good news!

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Another Coronavirus Vaccine By Moderna Shows 94.5% Effectiveness!

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Yet another promising news for a Covid-19 vaccine has been announced! Moderna said today that its vaccine has shown 94.5% effectiveness in preventing the virus, according to an analysis of its clinical trial.

The biotech company made the announcement earlier today, giving us a dash of hope amidst this coronavirus scare.

The news follows the announcement made by Pfizer and BioNTech, who said their vaccine was more than 90% effective.

The results come from interim analyses of intensive clinical studies. The clinical trials of Moderna saw the participation of 30,000 volunteers. Half got two doses of the vaccine 28 days apart, half got two shots of a placebo on the same schedule.

“This positive interim analysis from our Phase 3 study has given us the first clinical validation that our vaccine can prevent COVID-19 disease, including severe disease,” said Stéphane Bancel, chief executive officer of Moderna, in a statement.

Both companies used the same technology in making the vaccines, which is a tech based on a molecule known as mRNA, or messenger RNA. That molecule contains genetic instructions for making proteins inside cells.

We hope that by the end of this year, we can rest assured that a vaccine can soon end this pandemic.

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Hopes Rise As Pfizer Announces That Its COVID-19 Vaccine is 90% Effective

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Hope rises as pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine has successfully prevented 90% of the virus, a promising result that exceeded experts’ expectations!

This analysis is based on 94 cases of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for causing COVID-19, among both the vaccinated and placebo groups. The results included data from 38,955 of the total 43,538 volunteers who enrolled.

This makes Pfizer the very first company to release results from its Covid-19 vaccine, these findings are a result of collected seven days after the second of Pfizer’s two-shot regimen.

 

 

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