I’m taking part in Clinical Trials for a Covid vaccine.
This isn’t the Pfizer/BioNTech one that needs to be stored at -70 degrees, and it isn’t the Oxford/AstraZeneca one either. Those are just the ones you’ve heard about.
Is there any point in continuing with clinical trials when we already have two potentially viable vaccines? Well, yes.
The Pfizer/BioNTech one needs a distribution network that hasn’t even been developed yet, to keep it at -70. This may be possible in developed countries (assuming the lorries carrying it don’t get stuck in a Brexit-related traffic jam…), but will be impossible in less developed ones.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca one is only 70% effective – and while 70% is better than nothing (and it only needs to be stored at ‘normal’ fridge temperatures), there is an incentive to develop one that is more effective but equally easy to distribute.
I had my first injection three weeks ago (‘Day 0’), and today it was time for the second one (‘Day 21’).
For this I needed to travel over to Chorley, which is just under an hour away depending on the traffic.
My appointment was 8am, so an early start. On the first visit, there was a lot of paperwork, and a lot of questions about my previous medical history. This time was much quicker.
I expected there to be another blood test, and another Covid test, and some questions about any side-effects I may have had (I haven’t had any), and then the second injection. In fact, there were just some questions about side effects, and straight on to the injection. No blood taken, and no Covid test – so that was a bonus.
It was only the second time I’d been over to Chorley, so I used the SatNav. Halfway there I realised there was something wrong – the voice instructions were still happening, but the map had disappeared. Never mind – I could cope with that.
Back in the car to come home, and found that the SatNav had died completely. Nothing was happening when I pressed the screen. I tried switching it off and switching it back on again (I know about tech, me), but to no avail.
There appeared to be two choices – attempt to remember how to get home unaided, or see if I could find somewhere selling SatNavs. I don’t like to be bounced into buying things, especially relatively expensive things like SatNavs, so I decided to just drive home.
Not too difficult – head for the M6 northbound (well signposted), and after just one junction come off to join the M65 eastbound. Simple. The other carriageway of the M65 was a different story – there’d been a crash, in the two hours since I’d driven that way myself. A two-mile tail back and a mention on the Radio Two traffic news!
Getting to the motorway was the easy bit – I was a bit hazy about what happened at the other end…
I needn’t have worried – by the time you get to the further end of the M65, Skipton is signposted. I know my way home from Skipton without a SatNav. And in fact Keighley was signposted soon after, so all was good.
Until I reached Colne.
I managed to get into the wrong lane at a set of traffic lights and had no option but to turn left. I didn’t want to turn left. I wanted to go straight on. No matter – find a safe place to turn around and have another go. Fine in theory. A one-way street and several wild guesses later I found a signpost saying Skipton again. Happy days.
And I’ll be making the journey again at the end of the month – this time there will be a blood test. And I’ll have bought myself a new SatNav. I was wondering what to get me for Christmas…
Scroll all the way down to Follow, Share, Like or Comment on this. And check out my ‘Sixty and Me’ badge.
I always reply to Comments from nice people.