This week, the exploded and Americans a renewed sense of hope when Pfizer announced that their new COVID-19 vaccine showed a 90% efficacy rate on initial clinical trials.
According to Pfizer, the results of their Phase 3 trial, shows its vaccine than the seasonal flu shot — which had a dismal efficacy rate of 29 percent during the 2018-19 flu season, Centers for Disease and Control statistics.
After news of Pfizer’s purported vaccine success, the concert ticket giant, Ticketmaster announced a rather controversial move. Hoping to resume the concert scene in 2021, Ticketmaster has been a framework make concertgoers prove to receive the vaccine before attending a show.
If prove vaccination, enter the show unless, of course, you get tested within a 24-72 hour window beforehand and submit this information to the concert giant. is against the law for unauthorized outside parties an individual’s health record, Ticketmaster will three separate components plan — which in its development stages.
According to their plan, the Ticketmaster digital ticket app, third-party health information companies like CLEAR Health Pass or IBM’s Digital Health Pass, and testing and vaccine distribution providers like Labcorp CVS Minute Clinic will work together your concert eligibility.
As Billboard reports:
Here’s how work if approved: After purchasing a ticket for a concert, fans to verify that already been vaccinated (which approximately one year of COVID-19 protection) or test negative for coronavirus approximately 24 to 72 hours the concert. The length of coverage a test would be governed by regional health authorities — if attendees of a Friday night concert had to be tested 48 hours , most could start the testing process the day before the event. If a 24-hour window, would likely be tested day of the event at a lab or a health clinic.
Once the test was complete, the fan would instruct the lab to deliver the results to their health passes company, like CLEAR or IBM. If the tests were negative, or the fan was vaccinated, the health pass company would verify the attendee’s COVID-19 status to Ticketmaster, then issue the fan the credentials needed to access the event. If tested positive or didn’t take a test to verify their status, not be granted access to the event. There are still many details out, but the goal of the program is for fans care of vaccines and testing the concert and not show up hoping to be tested onsite.
Ticketmaster store or have access to fans’ medical records and would only receive verification of whether is cleared to attend on a given date. Different states will have different requirements. role of companies like health pass companies data from testing and medical providers and deliver status updates to partner companies secure, encrypted way that complies with the Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Currently, the FDA has not approved any third-party companies to distribute real-time vaccination data but Ticketmaster president Mark Yovich told Billboard he expects demand for digital screening services to skyrocket once a vaccination is ultimately approved and distributed.
“We’re already seeing many third-party health care providers prepare to handle the vetting — whether getting a vaccine, taking a test or other methods of review and approval — which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified,” Yovich said.
While certainly be a controversial issue, of company your compliance to voluntarily participate in their event immoral, as not being forced to attend. That being said, however, — even lining up first to receive the vaccine — will likely refuse their private medical information handed between multiple parties just a concert.
What’s more, though the 90% efficacy rate touted by Pfizer is certainly welcome , the by those making this claim than stellar. Pfizer has paid out billions in health care fraud fines and , was party to health care fraud settlement in US history.
The pharmaceutical giant paid out $2.3 billion in 2009 to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products
“Pfizer violated the law over an extensive-time period. Furthermore, at the time, Pfizer was in our office negotiating and resolving the allegations of criminal conduct by its then newly acquired subsidiary, Warner-Lambert, Pfizer was itself in its other operations violating those laws,” Mike Loucks, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts said at the time.
But that was only case, this company dating back decades everything from bribing to illegally testing products on children false claims about drugs and illegally marketing them — multiple deaths. Despite making payout in history, Pfizer has continued to be called to the carpet since 2009 multiple times for misleading about their drugs — up to and including vaccines.
Nevertheless, Americans have short memories and seemingly couldn’t care less about the criminal past of claiming 90% efficacy for a vaccine that was developed and tested in less time than any vaccine history .
Americans would to research the last time a vaccine was fast-tracked with limited testing. Journal of the wrote in its peer-reviewed paper titled The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Crisis:
In April 1955 200 000 children in five Western and mid-Western USA states received a polio vaccine of inactivating the live virus proved to be defective. Within days reports of paralysis and within a month mass vaccination program against polio had to be abandoned. Subsequent investigations revealed that the vaccine, manufactured by the California-based family firm of Cutter Laboratories, had caused 40 000 cases of polio, leaving 200 children with varying degrees of paralysis and killing 10.
While a vaccine for COVID-19 be welcomed by many, of rushing this in-depth process which normally takes years or decades could be utterly catastrophic.
“Getting wrong with a COVID-19 vaccine could set us back for years decades,” says vaccine expert Richard Malley, MD.
We should probably heed his advice.
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