More Covid News

If you are like me then you are weary of all the negative news around the pandemic that is raging the planet.

I wish I could be the bearer of good news about the virus but so far there is not much positivity.

Now the numbers so far…..25,00,000 cases and 420,000 deaths nation wide….My state of Mississippi….263,000 cases and 5,750 deaths.

All tragic numbers…..tragic because some of it is unnecessary…..

The positive news is that the vaccine is becoming more and more available…..and the shots are starting to make it into the public domain.

Sorry to be a downer…..but the new strains are starting to appear and the effect on the known vaccine is not good.

Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19 may modestly curb the effectiveness of two current vaccines, although they stress that the shots still protect against the disease, the AP reports. Researchers expressed concern Wednesday about the preliminary findings, in large part because they suggest that future mutations could undermine vaccines. The research tested coronaviruses from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil, and was led by Rockefeller University in New York with scientists from the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere

One way vaccines work is to prompt the immune system to make antibodies that block the virus from infecting cells. The Rockefeller researchers got blood samples from 20 people who had received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and tested their antibodies against various virus mutations in the lab. With some, the antibodies didn’t work as well against the virus—activity was one-to-threefold less, depending on the mutation, said the study leader, Rockefeller’s Dr. Michel Nussenzweig. “It’s a small difference but it is definitely a difference,” he said. The antibody response is “not as good” at blocking the virus. Earlier research established that the two vaccines are about 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 illness. The latest findings were posted Tuesday on a website for researchers and have not yet been published in a journal or reviewed by other scientists.

We need some good news…..good news that remains good news around this pandemic.

Remember Operation Warp Speed?

That was the Trump plan to get the vaccine out as quickly as possible…..what it did was create chaos…..

Hospitals and clinics across the country are canceling vaccine appointments because the Trump administration tells states how many doses they’ll receive only one week at a time, making it all but impossible to plan a comprehensive vaccination campaign.

The decision to go week by week was made by Operation Warp Speed’s chief operating officer, Gen. Gustave Perna, because he didn’t want to count on supplies before they were ready. Overly optimistic production forecasts turned out to be a major disappointment in the rollout of the H1N1 vaccine more than a decade ago, also leading to canceled appointments and widespread frustrations with the government’s messaging.

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-operation-warp-speed-created-vaccination-chaos

Let’s hope that Biden’s plan is a better fit for us.  (More on this plan next week)

Then there are the criminals that look for favoritism…..like the doctor that stole the vaccine…

A Houston doctor is out of work this morning after reports that he was allegedly fired after being charged with stealing several doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to give to his friends and family.

Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, is accused of stealing a vial of about 9 doses of the Moderna vaccine while working at a vaccination site in Houston.

Prosecutors say Gokal gave the vaccines to several people, including his wife.

Gokal was fired after an investigation by the health department. He’s facing a charge of theft by a public servant and if convicted, faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

A statement put out Thursday from Harris County DA Kim Ogg says Gokal “abused his position,” and will be held accountable.

(radio.com)

I say burn his ass!

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4 thoughts on “More Covid News

  1. 100,000 deaths in Britain now. Given the size of the population, that is currently the highest death rate in the world. I hope Boris is proud of leading the world in something.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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