Scientific teams around the world have developed successful Covid-19 vaccines in incredibly short order. In a feat that even a couple of years ago would have seemed completely out of reach, vaccines to protect against the new disease were being used before the first anniversary of the disclosure that a new threat existed. This is truly extraordinary.
In the United States so far, three vaccines have been issued emergency use authorizations — green lights from the Food and Drug Administration to be put into use, even though they have not yet been fully licensed.
A vaccine developed by the partnership of Pfizer and German-manufacturer BioNTech came first in mid-December, followed closely by one developed by Moderna with assistance from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Opioid epidemic in one chart – correlation conflated with causation
There is no cause-and-effect relationship between prescribing and overdose mortality. But millions of patients are being denied safe and effective pain care.
Seniors over age 62 are prescribed opioids for pain three times more often than youth under age 19. But youth have overdose rates three times higher than seniors. No medical model can explain these demographics.
Source: Richard A Lawhern, PhD, Patient Advocate