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Jan 5, 2021

Jonathan and Chris take the time to go over the data on COVID-19 vaccines and to answer the many, many questions they have received about them.


* Cover of “Ooh Child” by Joseph Hackl

* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.

* Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris

* Special guest star: Morgan Sweeney of the Magic of the Mind podcast


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Vaccine Development

04:20 Types of COVID-19 vaccines

09:55 RNA vaccine technology

14:45 Rushed vaccines

20:18 COVID vaccine but no HIV vaccine?

23:44 Vaccine ingredients

27:31 COVID vaccines linked to HIV?

36:21 Manufacturing only Pfizer’s vaccine



40:20 Efficacy at preventing COVID-19

47:07 Vaccines and asymptomatic transmission

48:37 Duration of protection

50:23 Virus mutations and vaccines



54:06 Claim about RNA vaccines altering the genome

55:11 Claim about infertility

56:13 Side effects from the vaccines

58:50 Bell’s palsy and fainting

1:01:58 Long-term safety

1:05:06 Conspiracy theory about Big Pharma and liability


Practical Considerations

1:12:25 Cold storage

1:13:58 Two doses

1:15:17 Choosing your favourite vaccine

1:16:28 Who gets vaccinated first?

1:18:50 Masks and physical distancing after vaccination

1:19:27 What if if you have had COVID?

1:20:30 What if you are pregnant?

1:21:37 What if you are immunocompromised?

1:22:56 What if I have a history of severe allergies?

1:24:50 What if I am young and healthy?

1:25:46 What if I am a child?

1:26:29 When will things go back to normal?





1) COVID19 Vaccine Tracker:


2) Previous segment on RNA vaccines:


3) Episode of Sawbones on COVID-19 vaccines:


4) Previous episode on HIV:


5) AntiAntiVax:


6) Ingredients in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine:


7) Ingredients in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine:


8) The University of Queensland’s COVID vaccine and false positive HIV tests:


9) The Lancet letter about the use of adenovirus type 5 used in vaccines:


10) FDA briefing document on Pfizer’s vaccine:


11) FDA briefing document on Moderna’s vaccine:


12) Data on duration of protection from vaccine in phase I trial participants:


13) An in-depth, very scientific explanation for why RNA vaccines can’t alter your genome:


14) The nurse who fainted during vaccination did not die:


15) Canadian no-fault vaccine injury program announcement:


16) A look at vaccine safety in the past 20 years: