+1,998 new deaths yesterday. +1,427 new deaths so far today.
“The United States reported more than 195,000 COVID-19 cases on Friday — a new daily high and the ninth time this month a record has been set for new confirmed infections, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. Hospitalizations topped 82,000 Friday, and there have been 1,300 deaths a day since Sunday.
Across the nation, more and more cities, counties and states are clamping down, issuing restrictions on restaurants and gyms and implementing curfews in a desperate effort to curb the surge, Tom Hanson reports for “CBS This Morning: Saturday.” …
As expected, COVID-19 is getting bad again now that we are in actual flu season. It has been roughly two months since our last update when the death toll crossed 200,000.
There is, I believe, a vaccine or two available now.
“FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Moderna will charge governments between $25 and $37 per dose of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel told German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS).
“Our vaccine therefore costs about the same as a flu shot, which is between $10 and $50,” he was quoted as saying.
On Monday, an EU official involved in the talks said the European Commission wanted to reach a deal with Moderna for the supply of millions of doses of its vaccine candidate for a price below $25 per dose. …”
It could become available to the public late next month.
“There were 10 severe cases of COVID-19 in the trial, with nine of them occurring in the placebo group. According to the news release, the candidate vaccine was 94% effective in adults over 65 but maintained efficacy across gender, race and ethnicity demographics.
About 25 million doses may become available for U.S. use in December, 30 million in January and 35 million more in February and March, according to information presented to the National Academy of Medicine this week. Globally, Pfizer has estimated it could have 50 million doses available by year’s end. …”
I guess we will see what happens.
I presume the anti-vaxxers and the people who are convinced COVID-19 is a conspiracy will be making a lot of noise about it. We will see if the military comes door to door and forces people to take the vaccine which is a theory that I have seen on some libertarian websites. The people who get flu shots every year anyway will take the vaccine and move on with their lives. My best guess is that COVID-19 will get worse before it gets better and it will rapidly get better once the vaccine becomes available.
Note: Personally, I have been fine this whole year. In case you are wondering, I have no plans to take the vaccine.