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COVID – week 56 – Apr 5 – Apr 11

Friday – Delays to J&J vaccine shipping. J&J now under investigation for platelet/clotting issues. UCL claims UK heading for herd immunity; disputed.

Thursday – more restrictions on AstraZeneca vaccine. WHO warn of fourth wave in the UK; even with massive vaccine drive.

Wednesday – after weeks of bad press and the UK pushing forward with vaccinations – the UK regulator says “no AstraZeneca vaccine for under 30s“. Meanwhile the entire vaccine supply chain is running well in the US – City of Seattle alone will deliver >30k doses this week. Biden calls for “all adults to be offered the vaccine by 19 April” – that’s testament to the manufacturing, distribution and last mile working well.

Tuesday – France, Canada clearly in another major wave. Multiple locations flagging the E484K “eek” variant as being especially virulent and evasive. That’s the Brazil/South Africa variant.

Monday – more AstraZeneca woes – this time the UK is considering not using it for under 30s because of the blood clotting risks. UK lifting more lockdown; certainly the numbers are lowering quickly. US news – wave 4 is certainly here. “The United States has entered a fourth wave of transmission, and there’s no disputing this. Whether it remains as small regional outbreaks, or whether it generalizes nationwide remains to be seen,” Dr. George Rutherford, a UC San Francisco epidemiologist, said Friday at a campus town hall meeting.


The Guardian The Seattle Times
5 Apr here here
6 Apr here here
7 Apr here here
8 Apr here here
9 Apr here here
10 Apr
11 Apr

COVID – week 55 – Mar 29 – Apr 4

Weekend – continued reports that Covid is spreading faster than vaccines can be administered; meanwhile it’s spring break – and there are just too many folk travelling and not wearing masks. 60k+ cases per day in the US still. In King County, WA “If cases continues to climb over the next week or two, the county may return to the more-limited Phase 2 of the reopening plan”.

The US daily cases graph from JHU (see below) certainly seems like the start of another uptick. Canada describing a third wave (the first two are really “the first”). “As variants spread, Covid is killing faster and younger,” said Dr Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of Ontario’s Covid-19 science advisory table.

US gets 4M+ vaccines in a day; average of over 3M per day for the week. Very good news. Almost half of the UK has had one shot of a vaccine.

Here The Seattle Times has the weekly update. Certainly a clear uptick in positive cases in the State. I have zero confidence that this will be contained; it’s going to be another wave, another lockdown.

Friday – much discussion on “coronavirus passports”, privacy, technology and inclusion.

Thursday – AstraZenaca still in the news; bloodclots, halted for under 60s in the Netherlands. France, Belgium, Germany continue to fight through a new massive wave. Variants are more transmissible.

Wednesday – Pfizer vaccine for me. Thousands of people getting vaccinated in Seattle.


Tuesday – Back to Western Europe for rising cases. Netherlands, France, Germany still fighting with variants and rising numbers.

Monday – my first vaccination scheduled for Wednesday; that will make both adults in the house having had one shot. Two shots done by end of April. Meanwhile US wide cases are rising; WA cases are rising; Brazil and much of Europe is in the midst of another wave. I don’t see any of the restrictions being really removed until 2022. WHO origins of COVID report is going to stir up some more politics.

US cases – from JHU – is that the start of a fourth wave across the country?


I suspect that, after a year, The Seattle Times daily updates are back behind the paywall.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
29 Mar here here
30 Mar here here
31 Mar here here
1 Apr here here
2 Apr here here
3 Apr here here
4 Apr here here

COVID – week 54 – Mar 22 – Mar 28

Weekend – clear signs and reporting of another wave. Brazil is still a tragedy; US is racing to immunize; half the population seem to be out and about.

Weekly summary of Washington State cases from The Seattle Times. That positive rate picking up; and the number of cases still being around 1000 per day is really sad. Nowhere close to being done with this.

For the first time; The Seattle Times daily COVID news is “below the fold” on the website.

Friday – a story of multiple parts. Declining cases in the US and UK; another wave building in Europe. Is the US about to follow? Certainly looking at the rates there’s a lot of folk without masks, spring break, kids back at school, more virulent variants running wild. April will be interesting – have 200M vaccinations beaten the spread? I hope so.

Thursday – EU vaccine production and distribution woes. What should have been a triumph of the commons is coming unraveled quickly.

Wednesday – the story of vaccine chasers – I have colleagues who did exactly this; showed up at end of day and got vaccinated.

Tuesday – AstraZeneca in the news again; blood clots; approvals; export restrictions.

Monday – the tragedy of timing continues. Looks like a major wave is about to break over most of Europe; looking at the rates in the US I think there will be regional waves too. Germany looking at closing all stores; Poland talking about closing churches. New variants are more virulent and affect younger people. Lockdown fatigue – and here in Washington State we may be seeing a similar up-tick. Time will tell.


The Guardian The Seattle Times
22 Mar here here
23 Mar here here
24 Mar here here
25 Mar here here
26 Mar here here
27 Mar here here
28 Mar here here

COVID – week 53 – Mar 15 – Mar 21 2021

Weekend – Italy, Germany, France all picking up for another wave. I think this goes back to the earliest days (a year ago!) – the hammer and the dance. This is going to be the Spring story – racing to produce, ship and deliver vaccines across the globe; and getting enough people immunised.

Casing surging across Europe. JHU/The Guardian graphic.


Washington State weekly recap from The Seattle Times. Positive tests have ticked back up.

Friday – The “people we know who have been vaccinated” list keeps growing. Friends, family, colleagues. All positive. 100M shots in 58 days; weeks ahead of schedule. On the downside – positive cases are picking up; lots of B117 variant in the US – and it’s spreading just as states open up too early. It’s a race to vaccinate “most” before the next wave comes through.

Thursday – vaccine manufacturing shortages. Hoarding/export bans for vaccine.

Wednesday – Looking back at last year; and there was absolute panic: blueprints for ventilators being sent to industry, closing borders, exams being cancelled, schools closing.

Tuesday – AstraZeneca vaccine “safe”, another wave of infections in France.

Monday – The blog rolls around. Officially more than a year of weekly synopsis.

A reminder of “this time last year” and the panic buying:


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

COVID – week 47 – Feb 1 – Feb 7 2021

Weekend – much concern that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine does not provide adequate protection against the “South Africa” variant. Variant breakout is a real challenge. Lockdown, vaccination are really having an effect on the UK rates. (Below, from The Guardian).


Hotspots of South Africa variant in the UK.

Weekend update for Washington State from The Seattle Times. Positive case rate is stable and is certainly trending downwards. Vaccine delivery is slow but picking up; almost 9% have first vaccine shot (compare to 18% in the UK).

Friday – UK variant now 6%+ of COVID cases; this is the more transmissible version.

Thursday – Good data from The Seattle Times on vaccine rates across the state, by race and ethnicity. (paywall) “Scarce doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have so far gone disproportionately to white Washington residents, new data from the state Department of Health (DOH) shows.”

Wednesday – Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine being limited in multiple locations to 18-55; leaving limited choices for over 55, more at risk community.

Tuesday – another “worrying mutation” in the UK. This may be the pattern for the next year – as vaccinations roll out and some immunity builds; watching for mutations that escape.

Monday – travel bans, closed borders contrasted with re-opening and relaxed restrictions. Parts of Washington State move to “phase 2” – which means restaurants can start to re-open at 25% capacity.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
1 Feb here here
2 Feb here here
3 Feb here here
4 Feb here here
5 Feb here here
6 Feb here here
7 Feb here here