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Coronavirus: Vaccine and PCR tests are no panacea

Blind belief in technology poses risk of possibly serious consequences

No matter how careful vaccine development and production may be, data shows that immunization could produce serious side effects, even at a very low rate.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- There is no such thing as perfect technology. And while there are growing expectations for a vaccine and better testing techniques for COVID-19, too much hope could lead to grave mistakes.

The U.S. government in late April unveiled "Operation Warp Speed," an aggressive COVID-19 vaccine development program that aims to have at least 300 million doses available in the country by January. It is a bold plan, but a blind belief in technology could prevent a proper understanding of infectious disease measures.

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