Links and Thinks 20210215

1) A preliminary report of a randomized controlled phase 2 trial of the safety and immunogenicity of mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (pre-proof).
Very good news on the efficacy of half-dose of the Moderna vaccine (50 µg vs 100 µg) for ±65 years of age.
EricTopol 2021 Feb 14

2) mRNA-1273 vaccine induces neutralizing antibodies against spike mutants from global SARS-CoV-2 variants

…we assessed the neutralizing capacity of sera from human subjects or non-human primates (NHPs) that received mRNA-1273. No significant impact on neutralization against the B.1.1.7 variant was detected in either case, however reduced neutralization was measured against the mutations present in B.1.351.

3) The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

4) North and South Korea are not East and West Germany.(podcast)