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Weekend – half a million dead in the US.

Usual weekly update from The Seattle Times. Positive rates are down, folk are becoming complacent again. Continued discussion on back to school.

Friday – another variant in Japan, it’s a race. Dr Fauci says “back to normal by Christmas”.

Thursday – AstraZeneca vaccine reluctance. Rich/Poor divide on vaccine distribution.

Wednesday – Washington State daily cases below 600 for the first time in many months. Daily positive tests down to 6.5%. 10.7% of population have had first vaccine shot. Vaccine production is now the bottleneck. It’s a race against variants/mutations.

Tuesday – more mutations, one of these could be the escapee and massive impact. Real concern that antibiotic use during COVID is accelerating the risk of AMR.

Monday – we’re going to see a lot of “this time last year” posts in the media. Between late January 2020 and late February there was news coverage about the first case in the US – and increasing concern in China and across SE Asia about spread. My post from mid-March 2020 describing this time. Still in the office at that point.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
15 Feb here here
16 Feb here here
17 Feb here here
18 Feb here here
19 Feb here here
20 Feb here here
21 Feb here here