Day: November 18, 2020

Here are 10 things you need to know about Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines

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Just last week on Nov 9, Pfizer made known that its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective. Pfizer and German partner BioNTech are the first drugmakers to release such data. But fast forward to today, we have a new player in town and the name to note is Moderna. According to the company, its experimental vaccine is 94.5 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19.

With so much hype surrounding this topic, here are 10 things you need to know about Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Image Credits: Nikkei Asia

#1: More than 90 per cent effective

As we’ve briefly mentioned in the introduction, Pfizer’s vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective. This means that if 9 out of 10 people were to get the vaccine, they would attain immunity.

This is terrific news for many because previously, health experts have revealed that even a vaccine with an efficacy rating of between 60% to 70% would be a huge thing to rejoice for! Some governments were also ready to approve a vaccine if it only has a 50% efficacy rating. 

But now, Pfizer is raising the stakes with a possible vaccine that could break the virus chain. In fact, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock mentioned on Nov 16, “We’ll be ready to roll (the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine) out as soon as it comes, we’ll be ready from the first of December…, but more likely is that we may be able to start rolling it out before Christmas.”

#2: Uncertainty on the period of effectiveness

While Pfizer’s vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective, no one knows how long it will be useful for. In other words, we have no idea how long the immunity gained from the vaccine can last us. It could be days, months, or years. Looking on the bright side, maybe it could be forever?

Another unknown factor is its successfulness on the profile of COVID-19 patients. There is little or no evidence that the vaccine works on COVID-19 severe cases, such as people who require hospitalisation for the virus.

#3: Vaccinated people may still carry the disease
asians wearing masks at a train station

Image Credits: LA Times

Talking about uncertainty, there’s the variability that vaccinated people could still carry SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and be infectious.

So even if one were to be injected with the vaccine and go about his or her day-to-day activities immune, he or she could still present a threat to others who aren’t vaccinated.

#4: Not a one-and-done deal

It will be delusional to think that it’s a one-shot all kill kind of super vaccine. A person will need at least two doses of the vaccine with a period of three weeks apart.

This could pose potential logistical and supply chain problems because supposedly everyone on earth requires that vaccine, then Pfizer will need to supply about 15 billion doses to meet the demand.

#5: Waiting time needed to get the vaccines

All good things must wait? Well, the economy is looking up for selected countries with the announcement of Pfizer’s initial trial results.

If approved, only 50 million doses would be available by the end of 2020. There’s also an estimate that only 1.3 billion quantities will be ready by the end of 2021. Mind you; there’s an estimate of 7.8 billion people in the world. With double doses needed, the supply vastly falls short.

Also, the need to store the vaccine at temperatures of -70°C or below poses a challenge for some countries, for example, in Asia, Africa, and Latin America who are already battling intense heat.

Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Image Credits: The Guardian

#6: Has a 94.5 per cent efficacy rate

Based on an interim data from a late-stage trial, Moderna said on Nov 16 that its experimental vaccine is 94.5 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19. This makes them the second US drugmaker to report such outstanding results.

But it’s important to note that the announced rating came after studying only 95 participants out of a total of 30,000 participants. While a little hope keeps the world going, it’s essential to wait for the updated results from the ongoing phase three trial. The outcome can overturn within a few days.

#7: At least two doses of the vaccine needed

If you’ve read the article in full, you would have known that Moderna’s vaccine is similar to Pfizer’s in terms of the doses needed. There will be a few weeks of waiting time required between the first and second shot.

A news report has it that after taking the second dose, a notable proportion of volunteers went through severe aches and pains. To be exact, 10 per cent experienced fatigue that interfered with their daily activities, while another 9 per cent had severe body aches. In response, Moderna feedback that the symptoms were short-lived.

#8: Questions about safety linger
man taking a vaccine

Image Credits: BBC News

Similar to Pfizer’s, Moderna’s vaccine may have potential red flags. Apart from the side effects, as stated above, the public is not yet sure if there are other more severe consequences. For example, there is one possibility that it might cause cancer in the future.

BBC News reported that there are no significant safety concerns at the moment but highlights that nothing is 100% safe. But having said that, the public has nothing to worry about as Moderna can only apply for the US emergency use authorisation (EUA) after a two-month follow-up safety data.

#9: Does not require extreme cold storage

Compared to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine which needs to thrive at extremely low temperatures, Moderna’s can be stored at just -20°C during shipping.

In terms of shipping logistics and distribution, Moderna’s vaccine is much more well-positioned. Once it reaches a distribution centre, the vaccine can be defrosted and stored for up to 30 days in a refrigerator at only 2°C to 8°C. Thus, overcoming one of the most significant limitations of Pfizer’s.

#10: Distribution may start as soon as next month

If the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants Moderna EUA for the vaccine, Americans would probably be in line to get their first vaccination by December. At the time of writing, Pfizer has launched a pilot delivery programme for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas.

However, even if Moderna has no green light, at least 20 million doses will still be available in December. This means that about 10 million people, most likely front-line healthcare workers, will receive the vaccine shots.

Vaccines at a glance

Pfizer vs Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

Image Credits: BBC News

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ION Orchard’s Black Friday Deals Has 1-For-1 HEYTEA, Godiva and more (Now till 30 Nov 20)

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ION Orchard’s Black Friday deals are now live – expect twice the pleasure with exclusive 1-for-1 deals, surprises galore with complimentary gifts, and up to 50% off selected products!

Unlock over 100 shopping and dining deals from over 70 brands, including Bacha Coffee, Food Opera, GODIVA, Giorgio Armani Beauty, HEYTEA, and more.

Promotion Period: 6 – 30 November 2020

HEYTEA 喜茶 1-FOR-1 HEYTEA COCOA BOBO

Enjoy 1-for-1 Cocoa Bobo, a chocolatey indulgence that you can’t resist! (U.P. $6.80)

Savour every WHOA-COCOA sip! Treat yourself to a delightful cocoa slushie topped with whipped cream, shaved chocolate curls and everyone’s favourite Brown Bobo that is oh-so-chewy. Available hot and cold.

Terms & Conditions

  • Promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020
  • In case of any dispute, HEYTEA Singapore reserves the right of final decision and interpretation
  • Not valid in conjunction with other discounts, membership privileges, and promotions unless otherwise stated
  • Redeemable via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • Limited to one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • While stocks last
  • Other T&Cs apply
NIKU KAPPO BY WATAMI 1-FOR-1 LUNCH SET
Enjoy a free Gyu Don Set (U.P. $11.90) or Roasted Mackerel Set (U.P. $10.90) with the purchase of a lunch set.
Terms & Conditions
  • Promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020
  • To qualify for this promotion, the purchased lunch set must be equal in value or higher than the complimentary Gyu Don Set (U.P. $11.90) or Roasted Mackerel Set (U.P. $10.90).
  • Valid for dine-in only on weekdays, from 11.30 am to 5 pm (excluding eve of and Public Holidays)
  • Limited to the first 120 redemptions (20 redemptions per day, while servings last), and one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • Limited to two redemptions per table / no splitting of bills allowed
  • Not valid in conjunction with other discounts, membership privileges, and promotions unless otherwise stated
  • Redeemable exclusively via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • While stocks last
  • Other T&Cs apply
TCC – THE CONNOISSEUR CONCERTO 1-FOR-1 CREAMY CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM SPAGHETTI
Enjoy 1-for-1 Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Spaghetti (U.P. $18.90), exclusively at ION Orchard.
Terms & Conditions
  • Promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020, on weekdays only
  • Valid for the first 100 redemptions (while servings last), and one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • For dine-in and takeaway
  • Prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes
  • Not valid for further discount or TCC Rewards+ program
  • Images are for illustration purpose only, presentation and serving portion may vary
  • The management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice
  • Redeemable exclusively via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • Other T&Cs apply

TOAST BOX 1-FOR-1 CURRY CHICKEN WITH RICE

Enjoy 1-for-1 Curry Chicken with Rice at Toast Box (U.P. $6.60), exclusively at ION Orchard.

Terms & Conditions
  • Promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020
  • Promotion is only available on weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) from 6pm onwards
  • Promotion is valid for Curry Chicken with Rice (ala-carte) only
  • Limited to the first 100 redemptions (while servings last), and one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • Visuals are for illustration purposes only
  • Other T&Cs apply

EACH A CUP 1-FOR-1 LARGE CHEESE MILK BLACK TEA

Enjoy 1-for-1 Large Cheese Milk Black Tea (U.P. $4.50 each), exclusively at ION Orchard.

Terms & Conditions

  • Promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020
  • No customisations allowed; with the exception of sugar level
  • Redeemable exclusively via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • Limited to the first 200 redemptions, and one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • Other T&Cs apply

HONG KONG SHENG KEE DESSERT 1-FOR-1 SIGNATURE HK WANTON NOODLE + HOT HONEY LEMON

Enjoy 1-for-1 Signature HK Wanton Noodle (Soup/Dry) and Hot Honey Lemon (U.P. $9.40), exclusively at ION Orchard.

Terms & Conditions

  • Promotion is valid on Weekdays only between 6 November to 30 November 2020
  • Prices are subject to GST and service charge for the payable item
  • Cannot be combined with other promotions
  • This 1-for-1 eVoucher must be presented prior to ordering/purchasing
  • This eVoucher must be fully utilised to the value indicated; any balance will not be refunded
  • This eVoucher is not refundable and non-exchangeable for any form of cash or credit
  • All information is correct at the time of updating and the Terms and Conditions may be amended without prior notice
  • Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert reserves the right to cancel suspicious orders without prior notice
  • Limited to one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • While stocks last
  • Other T&Cs apply

GODIVA BELGIUM 1926 1-FOR-1 GODIVA SHAKES

Enjoy 1-for-1 GODIVA shakes. Select from 4 delectable flavours – Milk Chocolate Shake, Dark Chocolate Shake, Cold Brew Shake and Sesame Caramel Shake.

Terms & Conditions

  • Promotion is valid from 9 November to 30 November 2020, on weekdays (Monday – Thursday) only
  • Limited to 20 redemptions per day
  • Applicable to Shakes only
  • Not valid with VIP privileges & other promotions
  • Picture is for reference only
  • Shakes flavours are subjected to availability
  • In case of disputes, the decision of Godiva Chocolatier (Asia) Limited shall be final and binding
  • Redeemable exclusively via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • Limited to one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • While stocks last
  • Other T&Cs apply

HAAGEN-DAZS 1-FOR-1 PARFAIT

Enjoy two Haagen Dazs parfaits for the price of one ($14.90), exclusively at ION Orchard! Available for takeaway on weekdays only.

Terms & Conditions

  •  Promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020
  • Limited to the first 268 redemptions (while stocks last), and limited to one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • Not to be used in conjunction with other promotional programs, vouchers, offers and VIP privileges
  • Valid for takeaway on weekdays only
  • Redeemable exclusively via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • Other T&Cs apply

TWG TEA 1-FOR-1 ICED TEABAGS

Enjoy 1-for-1 Iced Teabags at TWG Tea.

Terms & Conditions
  • Promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020
  • TWG Tea management reserves the right to amend the terms & conditions without prior notice
  • Redeemable exclusively via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • While stocks last
  • Other T&Cs apply

VIOLET OON 1-FOR-1 WEEKDAY SPECIAL DEALS

Enjoy 1-for-1 for the following dishes:

  1. 1-for-1 Dry Laksa (U.P. $26)
  2. 1-for-1 Roasted Sarawak Black Pepper Tiger Prawn Pasta (U.P. $26)
  3. Beef Hor Fun (U.P. $26)
  4. Salmon with Kale Kerabu (U.P. $26)

Terms & Conditions

  • This promotion is valid from 6 November to 30 November 2020, from Mondays to Thursdays, dinner only (6pm- 9pm)
  • Redeemable exclusively via the ION Orchard Mobile App
  • Limited to the first 153 redemptions (while servings last), and one redemption per ION+ Rewards Member
  • Other T&Cs apply

There are other deals that are listed on the ION Orchard app and they include:

  1. Converse: 1-for-1 Selected Tees
  2. Aldo: 1-for-1 Selected Items
  3. Bacha Coffee: $20 off 2 Decaffeinated Coffee
  4. Shiseido: 1-for-1 Cushion Refill, Lipstick
  5. Braun Buffel: Purchase 2 Items at $199
  6. Chow Tai Fook: Enjoy 8% off
  7. Crate and Barrel: 15% off Storewide
  8. Crumpler: Enjoy $50 off
  9. Epicentre: 50% Off Jabra Elite 65T
  10. Gregory: 1-for-1 Casual Day Backpack
  11. Fila: Enjoy 30% off
  12. Fred Perry: Enjoy 25% off regular items
  13. .. and more

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