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KT edit: Covid-19 on the back foot?

Filed on August 13, 2020

The light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel is not a train hurtling down at us but a beam of pure hope that we are seeing the beginning of the end. With the UAE into Phase III trials and over 100 potential vaccines in various stages across the world, the announcement of a Russian option passing a regulatory barrier and now open to thousands of applicants has to be seen in a positive manner. The good does outweigh the bad, if, indeed, there is a bad. While it is far from becoming a state dictate at this moment there is no dearth of volunteers. It is more a decision that has to be made through one's own conscience and faith in medicine. There may be some naysayers not prepared to risk the vaccine for fear of after effects in the long-term and that is their prerogative. The havoc Covid-19 has created did call for speed and certain shortcuts were inevitable. 

In a few short months what normally takes a decade has been accomplished. The HIV vaccine has still not been created. Hold on to that sobering thought. For those who have such reservations about absorbing chemicals there is the viable option of staying safe through a scientific breakthrough by Bengaluru-based Centre for Advanced Research and Development (CARD), come up with a device called SHYCOCAN (Scalene Hypercharge Corona Canon) which neutralizes 99.9 per cent of the coronavirus. The fight is now on and we, the people, are finally creating a beachhead.


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