China starts vaccinating thousands teachers supermarket employees against coronavirus despite no vaccine has passed the last stage of testing: There are months left before the population can be vaccinated in Europe or the United States, and the horizon is even further when one thinks of a widespread vaccination that could leave the pandemic in a bad memory.
According to the information managed by the Ministry of Health, the vaccine of AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford will arrive in Spain in December, and if all goes well it will be possible to vaccinate 3 million people of risk groups in the last days of 2020 or the first days of 2021.
Other countries seem to have moved ahead and are moving much faster. This is the case in China, which has already announced that its vaccine will be available for sale in November, so they could really be close to a massive vaccination.
In fact, China has been vaccinating a large part of its population for some time now, at least since last May, when they released the results of a study confirming the effectiveness of their vaccine. Without going any further, in early September the authorities of the Asian giant acknowledged having vaccinated "hundreds of thousands of people" with at least 2 different vaccines.
The first to receive this remedy were workers of state-owned enterprises, then did the same with some government officials, later came the turn of the vaccine developers themselves, and now it is going to extend to other workers who consider themselves essential, such as teachers, supermarket employees or entrepreneurs traveling to risk areas, according to the New York Times.
China starts vaccinating thousands teachers supermarket employees
Although preliminary results indicate that Chinese vaccines are safe and generate robust immunity, the fact is that administering them to a large part of the population without having passed all phases and protocols carries risks whose scope is yet to be determined, explains the same publication of the American Journal.
This is mainly due to 2 reasons: long-term side effects are unknown and could emerge in the coming months, and it can also happen that the vaccine is not as effective as it seems and generate a false sense of security, causing a wave of new infections.
To get an idea of the strict protocols in these investigations it is enough to review the development of the vaccine from the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, which a few weeks ago had to temporarily stop testing to study the case of a rare disease that had just suffered one of the volunteers.
Finally, the trial continued a few days later, after finding that the disease was not caused by the vaccine. It is not clear that China is following such a strict method during its investigation.
Vaccine manufacturers and Chinese health authorities have always claimed that participation in trials is voluntary, however, the New York Times points out the possibility that all these people have not been properly informed of possible adverse effects.
Many experts believe that trying to move ahead too quickly in the vaccine race could be detrimental, as it would result in ineffective remedies. WHO itself has already warned that approved vaccines should have between 30 and 50 per cent effectiveness, and that further safety measures should still be taken to end the pandemic.
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From Star rains to planetary conjunctions: all the astronomical phenomena of this fall
Maybe you haven't looked up in a while.
The lights and buildings of the city do not make it too easy, and make it impossible to be surprised and amazed by the contemplation of a starry night.
But going outdoors and spending some time looking away from the universe can be a good plan-especially if you keep in mind that activities in open spaces are the option that carries the least risk of infection against coronavirus—.
If it sounded good and you already imagine yourself on a blanket looking up at the sky in a park or field in your city, you can take advantage and do it on one of the days that there will be some relevant astronomical event.
The portal ElTiempo.es they have drawn up a guide covering all the astronomical phenomena that will take place this autumn 2020.
Here, all the astronomical appointments that will come in the coming months and you should not miss.
The moon in its fourth growing phase will be able to be contemplated next September 24, on the peninsula between 20: 24 and 00:43 hours.
The next day will take place one of the great events of the beginning of autumn, as noted by the weather portal.
On September 25 there will be a "striking" conjunction between the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn by which, "the three will appear to be very close in the firmament, despite being separated by millions of kilometers".
On Sunday, September 27, the peak activity of the meteor shower of the daytime Sextantids will occur. As it is a rain of stars of very little activity, it will be visible only in the hours before dawn, warn from the web.
On Thursday, October 1 will be visible the first full moon of autumn. As the experts explain, this is popularly known as the Harvest Moon, because this is the time of year when crops are harvested.
On Saturday, October 3, this moon will be in conjunction with Mars, and will be visible throughout the night.
On Monday, October 5 will take place the peak of activity of the rain of the Camelopardalids in October, although once again, they emphasize that it will be a phenomenon of little activity.
Another peak of activity will take place on Thursday, October 8, this time from the rain of the Draconids. Although it will be visible throughout the night only a few meteors are expected per hour
On Saturday 10 October the moon advancing in its phases will enter a waning room, which will be visible in the last hours of the night. The next day, the peak activity of the Golden Delta will take place.
Another of the great astronomical events of autumn will arrive on Wednesday, October 14.
That day Mars will be in opposition, a "magnificent opportunity to observe the red planet" that will be visible from 20:30 until 07: 30. on the same Wednesday there will also be a conjunction between the Moon and Venus before sunrise, which will make the satellite slightly illuminated, which will give it a more attractive appearance than usual.
On Sunday, October 18, will be the peak activity of the rain of stars Epsilon Geminides that can be seen from 23: 30 until dawn. And on Wednesday, October 21st, The Orionids will have a rain of about 15 meteors per hour.
A new conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will occur on Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23. This last day will also be when the moon will enter the fourth Crescent.
To say goodbye to the month, October 29 will be visible a conjunction between the Moon and Mars, and October 31 there will be a second full moon, that is, being the second in the same month, it will be a blue moon. Not only that, as the web explains, popular culture designates it as the Hunter's moon ," as it is the second moon after the September equinox."
November will begin with the entry of the waning fourth moon on Sunday 8.
The next day, at dawn on November 9, it will be a good time to contemplate Mercury just before sunrise, as it plans to be "at its maximum distance from our star".
On November 12, there will be a small rain of stars of the Northern Taurides (which will leave about 5 meteors per hour) and there will be a conjunction between Venus and the Moon.
On Sunday, November 15, the moon will enter the new moon phase, disappearing from the sky for a few days.
On Tuesday, November 17, the peak of activity of the Leonids will take place, on Thursday, 19, again there will be a conjunction between Moon, Jupiter and Saturn visible during much of the afternoon, from 18:30 to 21: 30 hours.
The week will end with the Moon entering fourth Crescent on Sunday, November 22.
On Wednesday, November 25 there will be another conjunction between the Moon and Mars, visible from 22:00 to 03: 30 hours.
On Monday, November 30th there will be a new full moon, known as the Beaver Moon, because it is the time of year when these animals are preparing to spend the winter.
In popular culture, it is known as the Beaver Moon, because this is the time of year when they prepare to face the winter. In addition, it is also the time when they were hunted, in order to ensure the supply of fur. Something necessary to be able to cope with the coming of the impending winter.
On Sunday, December 6 will be the peak activity of the Bupids-Velids, although it will have to be dark because it will be visible from 02: 00 in the morning.
On Tuesday, December 8, the peak activity of Monocerotids will arrive, and on Friday, December 11, that of hydrides.
On Saturday, December 12th, the moon will be in conjunction with Venus which, although with difficulty, will be able to EVSE in the hours before dawn.
Another major astronomical event will take place on Sunday, December 13, when the rain of stars of the Geminids could leave up to 120 meteors per hour.
On Monday the 14th our satellite will enter the new moon phase and on Thursday it will again be in conjunction with Jupiter and Saturn.
On December 21 will be celebrated the solstice, leading to the entry of winter.