"In the last month, over a billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered
around the world, more than 30 million a day. Almost a third of humanity has
now been reached; by the end of this year we will have dosed half the people on
earth: the single most extraordinary public health achievement in our species’
history. The vaccines are unbelievably effective. Less than 1 in 25,000 of
fully vaccinated people exposed to the Delta variant have ended up in hospital,
and only 1 in 100,000 have died. Global death rates are climbing among the
unvaccinated, yes, but they’re still well below the highs of earlier this year.
The pandemic isn’t over, but an end is firmly in sight.
In the process of containing the virus, Homo sapiens has figured out how to
manipulate the basic machinery of life, tinkering with the flow of genetic
information from DNA to RNA to make proteins, the intricate nanomachines that
perform most tasks in living things. This technology was still years, perhaps
decades away from being approved, but thanks to the ultimate real world
clinical trial it’s now as much as part of medicine as antibiotics or
painkillers. Trials are already underway for mRNA vaccines for everything from
cancer to malaria and HIV. Their impact will stretch far beyond this pandemic,
potentially saving hundreds of millions of lives."
Via Esther Schindler, who wrote "Need a reminder of what humanity has
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics