No surge of Area G Covid Cases Noted in Hospitals
FROM THE NYT TRACKER 24 JUNE: PERHAPS REFLECTS BOOKKEEPING CLEAN UP?
(J. Harris: Your vaccination dramatically reduces the chance that you will bring home Covid to your family. Piece of mind for you and your family is a great reason to get vaccinated. )
(J. Harris: I plan to keep a copy of this short article on my desk. The remaining unvaccinated are going to be a hard sell, and if they don’t get vaccinated, we may have a Delta Dawn in our hospitals before fall [with apologies to Tonya Tucker].)
1. Future of Covid-19 Vaccine Pricing: Lessons from Influenza (BMJ) The increasing availability of covid-19 vaccines has signalled to many the beginning of the end of a devastating pandemic. Yet evidence is emerging that the novel coronavirus will continue to evolve and that immunity from vaccines is likely to be time limited, requiring use of booster doses or modified vaccines. Bilateral bulk purchasing agreements between individual countries and manufacturers have allowed vaccines to be procured at lower prices and dispensed to patients without charges. After the pandemic, however, the future pricing landscape of covid-19 vaccines remains unclear.
2. Opinion: Vaccine Hesitancy In The U.S. Is A Peculiar Privilege (NPR) “I want to wait and watch.” This is a peculiar response I receive from my friends and some family members in the United States when I ask them about their thoughts on COVID vaccination. This is a peculiar response for a couple of reasons: COVID vaccines are exceptionally effective, they are now readily available and they are the best way to end the pandemic and return to normalcy. This skeptical response is reflective of broader trends in the U.S.: an NPR/Marist poll this spring revealed that up to one-fourth of the national population would decline to get vaccinated even when offered.
3. US Hits Encouraging Milestones On Virus Deaths and Shots (Associated Press)
COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms hit another encouraging milestone Monday: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated. The coronavirus was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But now, as the outbreak loosens its grip, it has fallen down the list of the biggest killers. CDC data suggests that more Americans are dying every day from accidents, chronic lower respiratory diseases, strokes or Alzheimer’s disease than from COVID-19.
A blonde goes into work one morning crying her eyes out.
Her boss asked sympathetically, ‘What’s the matter?’
The blonde replies, ‘Early this morning I got a phone call saying that my mother had passed away.’
The boss, feeling sorry for her, says, ‘Why don’t you go home for the day? Take the day off to relax and rest.’
‘Thanks, but I’d be better off here. I need to keep my mind off it, and I have the best chance of doing that here.’
The boss agrees and allows the blonde to work as usual.
A couple of hours pass and the boss decides to check on the blonde.
He looks out from his office and sees the blonde crying hysterically…
‘What’s so bad now? Are you gonna be okay?’ he asks.
‘No!’ exclaims the blonde.’
‘I just received a horrible call from my sister. Her mother died, too!’
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