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Quarantine with the Vampire (Part 3) 3/13

Quarantine with the Vampire (Part 3) 3/13 published on 4 Comments on Quarantine with the Vampire (Part 3) 3/13

Pretty sure this is how I sound after listening to a string of This Week In Virology episodes.

Unlike with real-world coronaviruses (where we didn’t put much effort into studying or vaccinating them pre-2020) (in spite of the dramatic warning bells that were SARS-1 and MERS!), Sønheim and surrounding countries put a heck of a lot of research into brumaviruses.

We had to design a new vaccine from scratch. They just had to swap a few proteins in the template they’d already been finessing for decades.

Red: Huh . . . the vaccine’s out?

Yellow: Read it on my smartcrystal yourself!

Red: Wow . . . it’s only been two months, I thought it’d take longer . . .

Yellow: WELL, we already design new vaccines every year to stimulate an immune response to the predicted brumavirus strains, We just had to sequence the new virus and alter our previously-developed MRNA shots to generate its unique proteins, it only really took this long because of the time requirements for conducting basic phase-1 and 2 human safety trials.

Red: Wow! Where did you learn all that? Med school?

Yellow: Uh . . . I’ve been stuck in bed for weeks — I listened to a ton of medical podcasts.

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So both of them didn’t connect the dots with

– Vaccines take a while to ramp up production so everyone can get them
– They not only don’t usually help with stuff you already have, but even take a few days or weeks to become effective. Some even take months and multiple doses.

Sigh. It’s like your characters are real people. :/

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