Saturday – huge demand for vaccinations; this story from Portland, OR describing how 400,000 attempts to book for 3,400 slots. Washington State at around 13% first vaccination, UK is at just under 30% of the population having at least one dose. That reaches almost 40% in Wales. That’s actually quite the testament to the role of the NHS.
Track and Trace (contact tracing) is partially working, depending on location. Great results in New Zealand, missed contacts in England (with a possible Brazil variant escaped into the wild), unknown results in the US.
Usual weekend state of the State from The Seattle Times. Positive test rate is steady at around 5.4% – still a good way to go to below 2% trend.
Friday – next week I will start the “one year ago” retrospectives. The first cases of COVID in the US were in Washington State, first identified in late January. The first death was 29 February.
Thursday – reluctance over taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Wednesday – J&J single shot vaccine approved
Tuesday – >112M global cases, >2.5M global deaths.
Monday – officially 500,000 deaths due to Covid in the US.
|The Guardian||The Seattle Times|