In a media statement, Dr Bonnie Henry Public Health Officer for British Columbia finally shed some light on testing and the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca Vaccine.
Dr Hennry talked about the checks and balances used to ensure the accuracy and precision of Covid-19 testing. Without the proper checks and balances in place, the testing and test method would not produce the right results for doctors to be able to treat disease. While so people were asking why are facilities using more rapid test and does it take so long to get a result back from a nasal swab. Some of these questions were answered. Test methods must be used as a part of an overall strategy to keep people safe and healthy. Without the strategy, false positives and also false negatives can appear putting lives in danger and giving the virus a chance to run rapidly throughout the community. These test methods are not developed by a single person setting in an office alone teams of people come together globally to share information and data on populations, environment and other variables as well as commonalities to ensure the health of people.
Each vaccine to be tested on different age groups and population around the world. The data is collected and studied to ensure that first the vaccine work and is effective against the virus. It has to be proved to be safe for use in human beings. While they are testing for safety data is collected on the possible side-effects. Side-effects are listed according to commoness and dangers. In AstraZeneca, the studies were not complete on people over 65 so the NACI made the decision to hold on wide distribution to the Canadian Senior Population until more conclusive data comes from European studies
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