National Geographic
National Geographic 24 Dec 2020

The Side Effects of Steroids


Heart failure or other heart complications are often brought on by steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. A former bodybuilder tells his story and begins the road to recovery.

Prof of Pharmacoepidemiology Stephen Evans has told Sky News that a vaccine for coronvirus should not be made compulsory in the United Kingdom.

He said that the Pfizer and BioNTech jab has been tested in more than 10,000 people, with zero evidence of serious adverse side effects.

The right way of convincing the general public to adopt the shot was to ask what evidence they had that it was harmful, and then trace that back to a reliable source.
Margaret Keenan, 90, who lives in Britain, became the first in the world to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The moment moved Britain's minister of health to tears on national television. The FDA has found that immunity to coronavirus begins 10 days after receiving the vaccine, that the first shot is 55% effective, and the second boosts a person's immunity to 95%. The doses are supposed to be given three weeks apart. Some are saying they have experienced side effects, though that's to be expected.
Joe Biden was sworn in on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, capping a winding political career and marking the beginning of a new administration.

Biden, surrounded by his family, was given the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts at 11:49 a.m. outside the west side of the U.S. Capitol. Biden was sworn in using the Bible that belonged to his late son, Beau Biden.

Biden takes office at a tumultuous time in American history. He will be tasked with navigating a raging pandemic, a lagging economy and deep divisions that were on display Wednesday as President Trump declined to attend the inauguration proceedings.

Biden made an appeal for unity to Americans across the political spectrum in his inaugural address as the 46th president of the United States, seeking to turn the page on the divisions of the Trump era.

Biden described unity as the path forward in order to contain the coronavirus, restore the U.S. economy, address the effects of climate change, deliver racial justice and mend deep divisions that were laid bare over the last four years.

"To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity," Biden said.

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Some people are concerned that the development of a vaccine against COVID-19 has been so incredibly fast. And in fact, there are still some things we don't know. For example, how long immunity lasts after vaccinatio. Another question, is safety: what side effects can the vaccines have?

In Norway, 33 seniors died, after being inoculated against COVID-19. Authorities are investigating whether there was a link. That's why the world's setting up monitoring systems watching out for side effects, that may not have been seen in big clinical trials. Still hopes are high that this is the best vaccine in history.

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