NYT DAILY CHART:
Vaccinations aplenty in Gregg, Smith, Bowie, with a few in Harrison.
“The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford provided strong protection against Covid-19 in a large clinical trial in the United States, completely preventing the worst outcomes from the disease while causing no serious side effects, according to results announced on Monday.
“The trial, involving more than 32,000 participants, was the largest test of its kind for the shot. The vaccine was 79 percent effective overall in preventing symptomatic infections, higher than observed in previous clinical trials. The trial also showed that the vaccine offered strong protection for older people, who had not been as well-represented in earlier studies.
… industry analysts said the results were better than expected, a heartening turn for a shot whose low cost and simple storage requirements have made it the workhorse of the drive to vaccinate the world.
1. Five Reasons why COVID Herd Immunity is Probably Impossible (Nature) As COVID-19 vaccination rates pick up around the world, people have reasonably begun to ask: how much longer will this pandemic last? It’s an issue surrounded with uncertainties. But the once-popular idea that enough people will eventually gain immunity to SARS-CoV-2 to block most transmission — a ‘herd-immunity threshold’ — is starting to look unlikely.
2. COVID-19 in Primary and Secondary School Settings During the First Semester of School Reopening Florida, August–December 2020 (MMWR) COVID-19 school-related disease incidence among Florida students was correlated with community incidence in the counties observed and was highest in smaller counties, districts without mask requirements, and those that reopened earliest after closure in March 2020. Incidence increased with the proportion of students receiving in-person instruction. Fewer than 1% of registered students were identified as having school-related COVID-19.
3. More than 4 in 10 Health-care Workers have not Been Vaccinated, Post-KFF Poll Finds (Washington Post) Health-care workers were the first group in the United States to be offered coronavirus vaccinations. But three months into the effort, many remain unconvinced, unreached and unprotected. The lingering obstacles to vaccinating health-care workers foreshadows the challenge the United States will face as it expands the pool of people eligible and attempts to get the vast majority of the U.S. population vaccinated. According to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, barely half of front-line health-care workers (52 percent) said they had received at least their first vaccine dose at the time they were surveyed. More than 1 in 3 said they were not confident vaccines were sufficiently tested for safety and effectiveness.
Cuba Approves Second Homegrown COVID Vaccine for Late Phase Trials (Reuters) Cuba’s drug regulatory authority on Thursday approved a second COVID-19 vaccine candidate for late-stage clinical trials as the country races to secure a homegrown shot to quell its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic and sell abroad. This month, Cuba started late-phase trials of its most advanced experimental vaccine, named Soberana (Sovereignty) 2, reflecting national pride in its relative self-reliance in areas like healthcare despite the decades-old U.S. trade embargo.
AND ON AND PERSONNEL NOTE:
Recently, I’ve had to limit my Norweigan Housekeeper’s television schedule. She has been getting some bad Vaccine information from some guy on Fox. His name is Tucker Frederickson, or something like that…. wait, I believe his name is Forrest Tucker. Anyway, she’s not allowed to watch his show anymore. We know who’s the captain of this ship!
LAST BUT NOT LEASED:
DID YOU KNOW:
Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
And ‘lollipop’ is the longest word typed with your right hand.
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