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We keep getting better news about the COVID vaccines, yet the public messaging we are hearing from officials remains bizarrely cautious.
Every day it seems that there’s a positive new finding about the effects of the vaccines. Observed data in Israel — which has progressed faster than any country in the world at vaccinating its population — suggests the vaccine has been highly effective at stopping the spread of the virus, not just at stopping symptomatic disease. This comes on top of other studies that have found significant reductions in infection even after partial vaccine courses, and of course that have found extremely high effectiveness at preventing severe disease and death.
But at the same time the messaging from leaders and the media is oddly downbeat. Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Joe Biden are both targeting this Christmas as a time when things might be approaching normal, even though vaccines will be available to anyone who wants one about six months earlier than that. A lot of news coverage of the vaccines emphasizes a strange idea that you shouldn’t change your behavior even after you’ve gotten a vaccine that sharply reduces your risk of getting COVID, getting seriously …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics