Feb 7·edited Feb 7

Conflicts of interest in the "revolving door" of the industry aside, the idea of trying to get ahead of where the virus is going seems more risky than I'm comfortable with. I can understand trying to predict future mutations in order to make a vaccine to cover it in a timely way, but why can't they simulate it with a computer model or something? Why do they actually have to physically demonstrate it?

And why can't we just wait to see what variants arise naturally and then craft an updated vaccine in response like we've always done (like with the flu shot and earlier covid vaccines)? The great thing about mRNA vaccines is that they can be created much more quickly than the previous chicken-egg growth medium mechanism we've had historically. This sounds like it would be a lot of greediness, impatience, and recklessness.

I'm a pharmacist, I have a doctorate in this shit. I can see how easily this video is going to be misunderstood by laypeople, but even from my perspective, I don't like this idea. It would be pushing the river. (and for anyone who doesn't understand what Pharmacists do, we who work in health care are not in cahoots with BigPharma, I promise. We are just sad and have a lot of student debt.)

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Curious what podcast you were listening too about Plato?

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