Let's dig deeper. For an expert's view, we're joined by our go-to medical expert, Dr. Alice Tan, Internist at MizMedi Women's Hospital. She joins us live from Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Tan, thanks so much for joining us at this very early hour for you.
According to various reports, but not yet confirmed OR denied by Samsung BioLogics itself, the South Korean biotech firm may begin Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine in its plant in Songdo, South Korea - part of which will be used for vaccination here in the country.
If confirmed, the deal could become Moderna's first production of its COVID-19 vaccine in Asia.
What are your prospects for consignment production of vaccines here in South Korea? Will it be helpful for countries in this part of the world where many are battling a surge in infections and limited access to vaccines?
The Moderna shot has not yet been approved in South Korea, but it's definitely heading toward final approval as the second of three expert panels here gave it a green light based on its safety and efficacy in Phase three late-stage trials in the U.S.
Dr. Tan, I know that you, yourself, got the first Moderna shot. Would you share with us your experience and is there anything the KDCA and the drug safety agency in the nation should consider before giving it the final approval?
Speaking of a change in dosing policy, a study out of the UK today shows Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine generates antibody responses three-and-a-half times larger in older people when a second dose is delayed to 12 weeks after the first than when the shots are given in the original three-week intervals.
What are the implications of this study?
The U.S. CDC has lifted outdoor and well as indoor mask guideline for fully vaccinated people. President Joe Biden also appeared and spoke to reporters without a mask, calling it a 'great milestone' and a 'great day for America'. What's your take on relaxing restrictions on fully vaccinated people?
Here in South Korea, daily new infections climbed back up to the 700s, with over 40-percent of the cases found outside the capital region. What's your biggest concern at this point?
Dr. Alice Tan on Covid-19 and vaccines for us tonight. Thank you for your insights and expertise. We always appreciate it.