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Nervous About the Vaccines? Don’t Be

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Are you a little anxious about how they’ve rushed some vaccines through at the fastest rate in human history? Maybe concerned about whether less than a year was enough time to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s in something we’re all supposed to inject?

“So next time somebody expresses concern at the astonishing speed the vaccine trials have happened at, point out to them that ten years isn’t a good thing, it’s a bad thing. It’s not ten years because that is safe, it’s ten hard years of battling indifference, commercial imperatives, luck and red tape.”

Here is a link to a short article by Mark Toshner, the Director of Translational Biomedical Research at the University of Cambridge. He writes about the real process of vaccine approval, as someone who should actually know. It’s an engaging, easy, three-minute read to give you some context and actual facts (?!) that might ease your mind—and who doesn’t need that about now? It’s worth your time.

About Deb Gaber

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Member since Jul 20, 2009

Comments by Readers

Edward Bosteter

Nov 29, 2020

Thank you. This is the kind of factual informative journalism that would make our world a better, safer place. I was actually worrying a bit about this issue and hearing the “rushed to market” being brayed over the big news horns.

 I will share this article with MANY people as they start to parrot the Big News line about “rushed” and “unsafe”.

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