Thursday, June 24, 2021

Domondon: Understanding the vaccines

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THERE are now more or less 200 vaccine candidates that are being developed and tested aside from those already being bought and delivered to the various countries around the globe. This is the report posted on the internet by If the information is to be relied upon, then we are seeing an explosion of business opportunities in the pharmaceutical sector in the manufacture of these vaccines.

However, the more vital aspect in the use of these vaccines is how to encourage people and convince them of the relevance and value of these "immunity generators" in relation to the various health protocols and restrictions now in place in most of the countries in the world.

If these vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel for the peoples of the world against the Covid-19 pandemic, then that is how it should be touted and declared to convince and persuade those who still doubt the efficacy of these medicines.

At the moment, many still are suspicious whether these Covid vaccines already being used are as effective as they are claimed to be.

Of course, we now know that the more popular Covid-19 vaccines currently being utilized to inoculate people are the following, among others: the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, which has already sold 2.5 billion doses, followed by Novavax with 1.3 billion doses pre-sold, and then Pfizer-BioNTech with 10 percent of its total vaccine doses pre-sold and Moderna with 6 percent of its total vaccines pre-sold. (

Now going back to the vaccine itself, we have to ask how do they work and what are their differences? Well, a little bit of research online will give you a lot of information on that but here’s one with a unique explanation from a post on FB of Bobbi Tiglao of the Manila Times, who obtained the information in their village chat group through an unnamed doctor.

In that post, the unnamed doctor came up with two categories for the vaccines namely the non-replicating vaccines and those using the MessengerRNA (mRNA) method in their manufacture. The non-replicating vaccines are the following: Astra, Jansen, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V, and Novavax, while those using the MessengerRNA (mRNA) or replicating method are the following: Moderna and Pfizer.

For the non-replicating vaccines, there is a fixed number of proteins that will be given to an individual. Using the example in the FB post, if the vaccine vial contains 100 spike proteins, there will only be 100 proteins introduced in your body and it won’t multiply. For those vaccines using the mRNA formula, it is expected that the vaccine will send a message to the cells in the body to make spike proteins. Again, using the example provided in the FB post, if the cells in the body want 10,000 spike proteins or more, then that is what will happen.

Because of the formulation of these vaccines, the unnamed doctor in the said FB post then provided some pieces of advice and which are the following: a. “If you have a history of allergy like rash on your body because of medicine or shrimp (shrimp) or peanuts or any other food I suggest you avoid messengerRNA. Pfizer said it's not allowed for those with allergies.” b. “protein can cause allergy” c. “If you are already old and slow or carrying diseases, I also suggest nonreplicating than messengerRNA. The work that messengerRNA is demanding on our body is higher than nonreplicating.” d. “For me all vaccines are great, you just need to identify yourself and understand how these different vaccines work.” e. “Like jogging, that is healthy, but it is not suitable for everyone, especially for the sick or the elderly.”

So there you go, just like what is being recommended right now by the government, before choosing the right Covid-19 vaccine for you, it's best to consult your doctor first for his medical advice. It is always better to err on the side of caution.


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