2021-03-17 BC

Vax Clinic Logistics I escorted a friend to the clinic at Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver today. Here is what I learned about the logistics. Yesterday, my friend escorted her slightly older husband to the same clinic, and she said there were far fewer people. Today, the line was much longer — in part because… Continue reading 2021-03-17 BC

2021-03-16 BC

Local Teams A BC company has developed a nasal spray which you take shortly after you catch COVID and it keeps you from getting very sick! Go BC! A Canadian vaccine, Medicago, has entered Phase 3 trials. Go Canada! Statistics Zero deaths again today in BC! Today: +556 cases, +0 deaths, +15,403 first doses, +11… Continue reading 2021-03-16 BC

2021-03-16 General

Vaccines There’s yet another paper which says that AZ is crap against B.1.351 — 10.5%. There is some suggestion that AZ is um crap against B.1.351 because it doesn’t have the 2-proline stabilizer (unlike the mRNAs and J&J). The 2-proline stabilizer is a little tweak to the spike protein to keep it in its prefusion… Continue reading 2021-03-16 General

2021-03-15 General

Vaccines Moderna has registered to do a small Ph2/3 trials on children. A preprint says that the first vax dose for cancer patients is not very effective, but that the second dose gives them good protection. Zeynep Tufekci has an essay arguing that the language of “we should vaccinate them over there so they don’t… Continue reading 2021-03-15 General

2021-03-15 BC

Mitigation Measures Because of COVID, the province made legal takeout/delivery sales of alcohol alongside the purchase of a meal. They just made that rule permanent. Many people have wondered what long-term effects the pandemic would have, and I promise you “takeout/delivery alcohol sales” was not on my list or any list I saw. Press Briefing… Continue reading 2021-03-15 BC

2021-03-14 General

Long COVID There’s a preprint showing that getting a COVID vax helped long haulers a little bit: decrease in worsening symptoms (5.6% vaxed vs 14.2% unvaxed) increase in symptom resolution (23.2% v. 15.4%) They didn’t see any difference in response was between the three different types of vaccines. That’s great, but note that this was… Continue reading 2021-03-14 General

2021-03-14 BC

Vaccination Clinics BC is accelerating the dates when people over 80 can book appointments. Instead of all the 80-84 year-olds being able to call in starting Monday 22 April, they are being allowed to call in on this schedule: Monday 15 April: age 84 and over Tuesday 16 April: age 83 and over Wednesday 17… Continue reading 2021-03-14 BC

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2021-03-13 BC

VOCs This preprint covering research through 1 March 2021 talks about finding VOCs in BC. They took 31,833 COVID+ samples, then ran them through the VOC screening to find 2,430 candidates that they then sent through whole-genome sequencing (WGS). The WGS found: 57 cases of B.1.1.7, 7 cases of B.1.351, and 13 cases of P.1… Continue reading 2021-03-13 BC

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2021-03-13 General

Vaccines BioNTech (which is the company behind Pfizer’s vaccine) is going to partner with an additional 13 companies to make up to 2 billion (yes, billion with a B) doses this year. There’s a nice study done by Public Health Scotland where they looked at household members of healthcare workers who did and did not… Continue reading 2021-03-13 General

2021-03-12 General

Long COVID Respected COVID journalist Zeynep Tufekci points out problems with the claims that a very large percentage of the people who have Long COVID had very mild symptoms originally. She points out that the most commonly cited study has real problems with confirmation bias, definitions of “asymptomatic”, and missing baselines. Vaccines Novavax announced that… Continue reading 2021-03-12 General