2021-04-11 General

Vaccines A followup on the J&J adverse reactions yesterday says that it was no big deal, but the same thing happened in Colorado. One person had an allergic reaction, but the others basically felt woozy/light-headed. Nine people were treated with juice and water. One possible explanation is that people who don’t like needles are probably… Continue reading 2021-04-11 General

2021-04-11 BC

Vaccination Clinics The province is going to do an all-of-community vaccination of Whistler over the next two weeks, like they did with Prince Rupert a few weeks ago, to try to contain the outbreak there. One might ask why they didn’t do this before the outbreak got out of control, and I think the answer… Continue reading 2021-04-11 BC

2021-04-09/10 General

Sorry that there was no blog posting yesterday, I got my first shot of AstraZeneca and was wiped out. Vaccines Pfizer has announced excellent results from their clinical trial with adolescents, and has asked the FDA for approval! It is not a surprise that it’s effective in children as well, but it’s great news that… Continue reading 2021-04-09/10 General

2021-04-09/10 BC

Sorry no post yesterday, I was knocked flat by my first dose of AstraZeneca. Mass Vax Clinics The province that people over 60 are now eligible to register on the online site. A friend of mine who is 66 promptly got an appointment for the 15th. Prisons Dr. Henry has repeatedly talked about prisons as… Continue reading 2021-04-09/10 BC

2021-04-08 General

Vaccines Medicago, a Canadian vaccine manufacturer (yes! we have one 🇨🇦!) is expanding its Phase 3 trial in Brazil. CureVac says that they expect to get data from their Phase 3 trial in late April or May and is hoping for EU regulatory approval in June. CureVac is interesting because: It’s mRNA with a 2-proline… Continue reading 2021-04-08 General

2021-04-07 BC

Hockey Two more Canucks players have gone into COVID-19 quarantine, plus three on the taxi squad. They are up to 19 of their 22 players, 86%. Apparently someone ate at a restaurant when they weren’t supposed to. Border The US CDC updated its warning to US citizens, telling them not to travel to Canada, adding… Continue reading 2021-04-07 BC

2021-04-06 General

COVID effects A study in the UK found that about a third of COVID survivors were diagnosed with neurological disorders, with about a quarter of the total COVID patients getting their first-ever neurological diagnosis. (My interpretation says that this is things which happened during their first bout and Long COVID — they didn’t separate them.)… Continue reading 2021-04-06 General

2021-04-04/5 General

Vaccines Great news! There’s a next-gen, (probably) really effective, easy to make, cheap COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon! The COVID19 spike sidles up to the ACE2 receptor, and when the spike docks, it changes shape. Many of the vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) use a modification (the two proline, or 2P, modification) to the spike genome… Continue reading 2021-04-04/5 General