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responsive image Russia is seeing its highest infection and death rates since the start of the pandemic. It's beginning a controversial 10-day shutdown in an attempt to defeat the virus.
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Walk-ins get VIP access at the vaccine clinic. I'm ok with that, as I suspect hesitant people are more likely to walk in than schedule an appointment. We should do whatever we can to ensure they have ready access whenever they feel right about it. "Welcome, right this way...."

responsive image After some debate, a group of scientists advising the FDA concluded that the vaccine's benefits outweigh its risks for young children.
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responsive image Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics will seek emergency authorization for their drug, which they say could have “a profound impact in controlling the pandemic.”
responsive image It’s in clinical trials, but many experts say you don’t need a tailored vaccine for this variant.
responsive image This has become a common refrain among the cautious—and it’s wrong.
responsive image Pfizer boosters now available for anyone 65 and older, plus those with certain conditions and some workers, six months after second doses

One measure of pandemic recovery—my inability to keep up with the grass. All of a sudden, I'm struggling. It's really long right now, and I won't have time to cut it until late tonight. We've got too many things going on.

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Today marked the first time we went to Costco since the mask mandate was lifted on June 2nd. Renee and I both decided to go maskless—we've said "follow the science" through this whole thing, and post-vaccination should probably be the culmination of that. It was weird at first, almost felt like we forgot something. It didn't take long to get used to it though. Not many other people were wearing a mask, either (I'd day less than 10% of shoppers).

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I drove Jonathan down to Lima for his vaccine appointment this morning. Small community center doing some great work down there!

responsive image The CDC claims to be ‘following the science,’ but its advice suggests it’s still paralyzed by fear.

Governor Dewine expanded vaccine eligibility in Ohio based on age to those 50 and older. I think [the glut](https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-to-do-when-theres-a-covid-19-vaccine-glut-11612732696?mod=opinion_lead_pos10) has arrived.

It's time to shift our focus to the demand side of the equation. Expand access, increase number (and types) of sites, and communicate a clear, consistent message on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, and the importance of vaccination.

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We took Teddy over to Debbie's house, and grandma and grandpa came over, too. It's probably the most normal family thing we've done in a long time...and it felt great. The dogs loved it, too.

Our decreased activity during the pandemic has reduced itself to a repetition of the same things, day after day and week after week. It's the [Groundhog Day](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day_(film)) effect. I realized today, during our weekly trip to Costco (which we do at the same time and day each week), that we see a lot of the same strangers each week. Our patterns are aligning...and it's weird.

The vaccines are the answer, period.

It's 24 hours since I got the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I had a slight headache last night and a little bit or soreness in my shoulder where I received the jab. That's it. Renee had the same, plus some slight chills overnight. We're solidly riding [the blue line of Fig. 2](https://www.fda.gov/media/144245/download) now.

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Toledo and the NW Ohio region put together The VProject to encourage vaccination. I've seen some of the groups efforts and it feels like they've made a difference. People around here seem to be not only willing to get the vaccine, but excited to do it. They gave us this pin when leaving the vaccination clinic this morning.

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The vaccination clinic is a well-oiled machine. They're processing a high volume of people and it moves along at a steady pace. You hardly have time to take a pic between stations!

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Renee and I get our second doses of the Pfizer vaccine today. The communications from our county health department have been great, e-mail and text alike. Really a smooth process.

responsive image We can justifiably hope for normalcy by Independence Day.
responsive image A 15-minute call with J&J executives on a Sunday afternoon stretched into a 75-minute turning point. "We have to take bold action and overwhelm this," a senior official said.
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responsive image 'That didn't hurt,' said the country singer, who wore a long-sleeved top with holes in the sleeves rather than roll up her sleeve.
responsive image Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid is in worldwide demand, but many Russians remain unsure.
responsive image WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he...

My grandparents had some habits that always identified them as children of the depression. Rinsing and reusing plastic baggies and aluminum foil, etc. I wonder if someday you'll be able to identify people that lived through the current pandemic by certain behaviors. Will some people still wear masks regularly? Twenty years from now? Thirty?

I think people are ready to move on and will be more than willing to ditch the masks and social distancing as soon as possible. I do know a few people that are pledging to change behaviors forever, though. We'll see. It could end up being like driving habits after getting a speeding ticket. You slow down for a few weeks but eventually temporary changes yield to old habits.

responsive image It hasn't been perfect. It could be a whole lot worse.
responsive image Panel advice on vaccines could counteract legacy of mistrust from past health scandals

...and just look old times, I had to back to Home Depot a second time today! Some things never change, I guess.

I went to Home Depot today and it was glorious. I hadn't been inside the store for probably ten months. Weird experience, but it felt great just to walk around inside and interacting with workers (thanks for the help!).

Coming "down the curve" is about to create some really strange politics. Republicans will become more progressive as they eagerly look for ways to move away from status quo policies of closures and restrictions. On the other side, Democrats will become more conservative as they seek to maintain these policies, fearful of another trip up the curve.

Meanwhile, we're stuck in the middle, exhausted and ready to move on. We're eager for a payoff from all of our efforts. We want to travel and visit family and friends. Hell, even people that hate crowds want to congregate a bit. Personally, I want to have a big family dinner at grandma's house, go to a restaurant with friends, and go to a baseball game. And. And. And.

Science tells us this will all be ok to do, too. The vaccines work. At preventing hospitalizations and death, they're nearly perfect. Each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown effectiveness against the new variants. And on the question of whether they prevent transmission, basic virology and immunology tell us that no vaccine prevents all transmission, but any effective vaccine will reduce transmission. And, don't forget, the mRNA platforms they're built on are the technological silver linings of the entire pandemic - they can be adapted relatively quickly as new variants develop. It's the annual flu vaccine guessing game on a much shorter timeframe and without the guessing. We will benefit from this in the short term as the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolves, and in the long run as new viruses emerge, as they always do.

Oddly, as Democrats become more conservative through this process, they'll be tempted to shun the science while Republicans, who ignored it completely as the pandemic developed, may suddenly find a reason to embrace it.

We, the pandemic weary public, just need bold leaders to step up and move us forward. Democrats can be bold by bravely continuing to follow the science and recognizing what it's telling us. Republicans can do the same by resisting the urge to call on populist tropes ("reclaim your freedom!") to justify easing of restrictions, and, instead, pointing to the science and affirming its validity to their supporters.

There's obviously common ground here if anyone cares to look for it. It's the science, and it's been in front of us the entire time.

responsive image Families will gather. Restaurants will reopen. People will travel. The pandemic may feel like it’s behind us—even if it’s not.
responsive image New supplies should help the pace of vaccinations double in coming weeks
responsive image Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are...
responsive image Johnson & Johnson has only a few million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in its inventory even as likely U.S. regulatory authorization is only a few weeks away, White House officials said on Wednesday.
responsive image TOKYO (AP) — Japan launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign Wednesday, months after other major economies started giving shots and amid questions about whether the drive would would reach...
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Big adventure today - Costco in Ann Arbor! Feels great to take a drive.

responsive image Moderna's vaccine – the second approved for use in the U.S. – will bolster the number of available doses, which states desperately need to fend off the pandemic.
responsive image Nursing home and assisted living facility residents are among the first to get the shots because they have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus.
responsive image WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000...
responsive image The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "rapidly" working toward clearing Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use after a key panel endorsed the shots Thursday evening, Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement on Friday.
responsive image WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents released by U.S. regulators Tuesday confirmed that Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was strongly protective against COVID-19 -- offering the world’s first...
responsive image LONDON (AP) — A retired British shop clerk received the first shot in the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program Tuesday, signaling the start of a global immunization effort intended to offer a...
responsive image Pfizer Inc. scaled back its Covid-19 production targets earlier this year after the drugmaker ran into difficulties securing all the materials it needs to produce the shots at a large scale.
responsive image The U.K. was the first country in the world to approve Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. In a way, that was the easy part.
responsive image Chartered United Airlines flights have begun landing in the United States with officials planning to distribute millions of doses if it is given approval by regulators, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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We're all missing some of our favorite things right now. There's a group of old guys that are missing their favorite Sunday morning hangout - MaMa C's in Maumee, which happens to be our favorite donut shop. I miss catching bits of their conversation when I stop in to get our dozen. Hopefully they're still working on the world's problems from home.

responsive image AstraZeneca on Monday said an interim analysis of clinical trials showed its coronavirus vaccine has an average efficacy of 70% in protecting against the virus.

Lucas county issued a stay at home advisory for the next twenty-eight days. Not a lockdown, just an advisory. Seems like a good idea - hopefully it will reduce interactions and get our numbers down.

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responsive image Pfizer and BioNTech said final analysis found coronavirus vaccine was 95% effective in preventing Covid-19 and appeared to fend off severe disease.
responsive image A new Covid-19 treatment could become available in Singapore and beyond by early-2021 as biotech company Hummingbird Bioscience trials its experimental therapy.
responsive image Understanding immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 is critical for improving diagnostics and vaccines, and for assessing the likely future course of the pandemic. We analyzed multiple compartments of circulating immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 in 185 COVID-19 cases, including 41 cases at > 6 months post-infection. Spike IgG was relatively stable over 6+ months. Spike-specific memory B cells were more abundant at 6 months than at 1 month. SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells declined with a half-life of 3-5 months. By studying antibody, memory B cell, CD4+ T cell, and CD8+ T cell memory to SARS-CoV-2 in an integrated manner, we observed that each component of SARS-CoV-2 immune memory exhibited distinct kinetics. ### Competing Interest Statement A.S. is a consultant for Gritstone, Flow Pharma, Merck, Epitogenesis, Gilead and Avalia. S.C. is a consultant for Avalia. LJI has filed for patent protection for various aspects of T cell epitope and vaccine design work. Mount Sinai has licensed serological assays to commercial entities and has filed for patent protection for serological assays. D.S., F.A., V.S. and F.K. are listed as inventors on the pending patent application (F.K., V.S.), and Newcastle disease virus (NDV)-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines that name F.K. as inventor. All other authors declare no conflict of interest.
responsive image "If these full data sets hold, when the full data comes out, we may have two highly effective vaccines against Covid," Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday.
responsive image Moderna said preliminary phase three trial data shows its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19.

Heading to Costco on a Sunday morning. No doubt the toilet paper crazies will be out in full force.

responsive image BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House Monday night after leaving the military hospital where he has been receiving an unprecedented level of care...