J&J – Approved by Health Canada

Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines becomes the 4th to receive Health Canada approval!  85% effective in preventing severe illness, 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations. Single dose, with data on efficacy in variants as well as preliminary data against asymptomatic disease. Best part – storage 2-8C. Will be a very valuable tool in our arsenal against

Variants of Concern

Here is an infographic showing the current variants of concern and the subsequent data on the vaccines. We currently have lab based data available, but expecting to see human trial data shortly. We do not expect to see as drastic a decrease (eg 6 fold) in efficacy given that neutralizing antibodies are only one component

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

I’ve been wanting to give an update on vaccines, so this will be a large post giving an update on the recent happenings.   ???????: Reminder that this is an mRNA vaccine, requiring cold storage at -20C. Today they released (by press) their primary efficacy data that showed of 196 COVID-19 cases, of which 185