Weekend – much discussion of virus variants – and whether these will evade the current vaccines.
Seattle Times sometimes forgets to “un-paywall” daily updates. Here’s the status from this weekend. Cases are flat; deaths are up, hospitals are still coping. Still nowhere close to being able to re-open.
Friday – Hopefully the UK positive case numbers have peaked; the daily numbers for positive tests and the continued climb in hospitalisation is horrific. “Warp Speed” branding for vaccine production and delivery is being retired. Vaccine delivery in the US is far to slow and seems to be haphazard.
Thursday – King County, WA and Washington State investigating safe and equitable methods for mass vaccinations. School gyms, sports facilities, community centers likely to be used. Incoming President Biden announces goal of 100 vaccinations in 100 days.
Wednesday – Second Impeachment moves Covid off the headlines. Vast numbers of cases still in the US. US States being asked to change eligibility for vaccines at short notice. Incoming President Biden building a solid team for Covid response. Still being hampered by lack of coordination.
Tuesday – three coronavirus cases amongst lawmakers from the shelter-in-place at The Capitol last week. Very sad. Washington State cases picked up again – after a dip in reported numbers over New Year.
Monday – many, many cases around the globe. Flu season in the northern hemisphere, new variant with higher transmission, Christmas mingling. Moderna vaccine should give a year of protection; as noted in mid 2020 this is going to lead to an annual flu + covid shot.
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