2021-06-17 BC

Mitigation Measures This article says that the province expects schools to open in September to “near-normal”. They expect there will still be daily health checks, with sick students and teachers staying home, but no more cohorts and learning groups. It sounds like they haven’t fully decided about masks. Press Briefing Today, they said: NACI said… Continue reading 2021-06-17 BC

2021-06-16 General

Vaccines Oh, ouch! CureVac has really crappy preliminary Phase 3 results: 49%. CureVac is an mRNA vax, and they had made all kinds of partnerships with really big pharma companies to manufacture it. They were supposed to deliver 300M this year and 1B next year. That hurts. A survey says that about one in five… Continue reading 2021-06-16 General

2021-06-16 BC

Vaccinations More vaccination appointments have opened up, which might mean that the big Moderna shipment (of 392K doses) has arrived. If you have already booked, you might be able to move up by doing the following: Find your confirmation email with your booking confirmation number (the email message will be from BCVaccDoNotReply@hlth.gov.bc.ca). (You can also… Continue reading 2021-06-16 BC

2021-06-15 BC

Mitigation Measures The COVID rent freeze has been extended to the end of the year. Statistics Today: +108 cases, +0 deaths, +10,521 first doses, +44,038 second doses. Currently 139 in hospital / 39 in ICU, 1,496 active cases 143,299 recovered. We have 389,675 doses in fridges; we’ll use it up in 6.4 days at last… Continue reading 2021-06-15 BC

2021-06-15 General

Vaccines A few days ago, I wrote about how the world was going to have more than enough vaccine for everybody by the end of the year, and listed all the vaccines which I thought would be approved in time to help people this year? Well, one that had not even been on my radar… Continue reading 2021-06-15 General

2021-06-14 BC

Vaccines I’m a little late reporting this, but apparently Canada paid a premium to get some Pfizer doses early. Money very well spent, I say. Mitigation measures Playland has re-opened. 🙂 Press Briefing Today, Premier Horgan, Dr. Henry, Minister Dix, Minister Mark, and Minister Kahlon had a press conference to talk about the Stage 2… Continue reading 2021-06-14 BC

2021-06-14 General

Vaccines Novavax announced that they have finished their Phase 3 trials with a 90.4% efficacy rate (with two-thirds of the infections being the Alpha strain). Their reported rate of “mild” (i.e. “only” make you uncomfortable) side effects was lower than any of the other Canadian-approved vaxes. Novavax says they will seek FDA approval “in Q3”,… Continue reading 2021-06-14 General

2021-06-12/13 BC

Employment This article tells about how small tour boat operators in BC pivoted from tourism to marine clean-up during the pandemic. Awesome! Unintended consequences BC drivers are going to get another pandemic rebate cheque.

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2021-06-13 General

Supply Tl;dr: we have enough supply to vax the world before the end of 2021. I hear a lot of people being very concerned about the global supply, worried that it will be multiple years before we have enough doses to vax the world. I think there is a really good chance that we will… Continue reading 2021-06-13 General

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2021-06-12 General

Vaccines This paper says that women have a more robust response to vaccination than men do. On 18 May, I talked about how live attenuated virus vaccines seem to rev up the innate immune system. I mentioned in that post that a smallpox vaccination reduced all-cause mortality more than attributable to smallpox deaths; I had… Continue reading 2021-06-12 General