A coronavirus virus advisor to President-Elect Joe Biden, Dr. Atul Gawande told CNBC on Wednesday that he participated in Modern’s Kovid-19 vaccine trial.
Gawande said, “My mother, at the age of 84, said, ‘I want to give back, so she signed up for the trial. I said if my mom could do that, I would sign up for the vaccine test Will do. ” Square box. “
The Massachusetts-based Modern ended up offering trials near the company, said surgeons and professor at Harvard University at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Gawande, Boston. He said he received his first shot in August and “felt almost nothing.” However, he said, it was a different story when he got a second dose in late September.
“Two days later, I had a fever, was freezing and needed to stay home,” said Gawande, who is also the chairman of Heaven, a joint health care venture from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. “I don’t have to take a day off from my surgery practice or my public health work for more than a year. I barely knocked me down for doing anything, but that one knocked me down. Then almost 24 hours later, I’m back. More fine on my feet. “
Gwande’s reflection on his experience comes as Americans are being immunized for the first time outside of clinical trials against the Kovid-19, which began last week with Pfizer’s vaccine, and Modern’s this week Is with According to the Disease Control and Prevention Tracker, as of Monday morning, 614,117 doses had been given.
Gawande stated that he did not know whether he had received the vaccine or in the Plesibo group of trials. Although he suspects that the side effects he experienced were from the actual vaccine, he said it is possible that it was a psychological reaction to receiving a placebo. He said his mother had “barely any reaction” to the shots she received in her clinical trial.
The side effects from the vaccine are not cause for concern, Gawande emphasized. “That immune system is kicking in, and your antibodies are causing the virus,” he said.
Gawande is part of a team of doctors and health experts advising Biden on the coronovirus epidemic during infection. On Monday, Biden was vaccinated on live television in hopes of encouraging other Americans to get shot. “There is nothing to worry about. I am waiting for the second shot,” said Biden.
Biden said Tuesday that Americans need to be vigilant about coronaviruses around the holidays, even as the vaccine has begun to be distributed. “Meanwhile, the epidemic spread. Experts believe it could worsen before it gets better,” he said.
Gawande gave a similar view on Wednesday, stating that the current high levels of infection in the country would lead to more deaths in the weeks and months to come from Kovid-19.
“We are at 300,000 deaths. Already, the next 100,000 deaths are ripened by new infections in the last week or so,” Gawande said. “It can actually survive 500,000 deaths, which is really terrible to think about.”