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Hi everyone, 

Just a thought, I'd like to read your take on that. 

How can be possible, technically speaking, that in less than a year from the discovery of the Covid19, many vaccines are in phase 2, and research like the one in Fred Hutch  are still years away from human clinical trials. 

It's been discussed before the possibility of doing peritions in order to fast track trials, but now there's an evidence that it just depends on the rush for finding a solution to a problem, my point being, don't we have still enough evidences of how many health problems do herpes cause, and how many people are infected... This is being a pandemic  for a long time now... 

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I think it's exactly as you say. Covid has created a pandemic, lockdowns, deaths. And, most importantly, it has impacted the worldwide economical situation. That is the reason why it has been prioritized and, while many other medical conditions have been put on hold, the research on covid hasn't. For example many cancer patients couldn't receive treatment because of measures against covid. Like if people stop dying for other causes if they are held in lockdown.

If the normal timeline for clinical trials was respected (phase 1 safety, phase 2 efficacy, phase 3), it should have taken more than 3 years at best to finish the trials. But in this case waiting for 3 years would have caused a big impact on the economy.

Still, I wonder how they could start the early trials by recruiting a large number of people, when the rule behind trials is that the safety trial is small in order to affect the minimum number of people as possible in case of an ineffective therapy.

To me, it just means that governments are ready to experiment on people and take risks only if they believe it's unavoidable.

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