Just in case anyone is concerned about how fast the COVID-19 vaccines were produced: it is because they are variants of the SARS vaccine, which we've had for more than a decade.

COVID-19 can be treated with a variant of the SARS vaccine because COVID-19 is a variant of SARS. The virus that causes SARS is SARS-CoV, and the 2019 novel coronavirus is SARS-CoV-2.

Because of this, researchers had a vaccine ready for testing as early as January 2020. The COVID-19 vaccine had, in fact, nearly a full year of testing and refinement. It is not by any means "experimental" or "untested".

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@noelle I'm just glad mRNA vaccine tech actually reached production instead of being dismissed as unprofitable because ~ c a p i t a l i s m ~ and we can use it to combat HIV and other things

The price in lives was far higher than any justification capitalists can make for not producing it sooner, but that blood's on their hands :/

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