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Carlos Ponce

"Oh, and where's that vaccine he promised we would have by now?" They've had the vaccine for some time but it has to undergo rigorous testing. But you might have missed the report:

"Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective "

https://www.galvnews.com/news_ap/business/article_1a7dc0b6-9870-5e17-83ba-527d2c02990c.html#comment-9a6251f6-22f6-11eb-85d8-5cb9017b3637

Dr. Anthony Fauci? Oh yes, he's the one who told us there was nothing to worry about and NOT to wear masks. But he disagreed with Trump's shutdown of incoming from Europe and China later backtracking since it saved thousands of lives.

Robert Braeking

Greg, Were you to actually examine and analyze the CDC Statistics you would conclude that the President is right. If you merely want to stick with the Democrat talking points, I can't help you.

Claudia Burnam

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Bailey Jones

I'm pretty optimistic about a vaccine. The early testing from Pfizer is promising, and their effort is just one of many. But a vaccine that's available to 330,000,000 Americans, much less 7.9 billion humans, is 6 - 24 months away, at a minimum. The vaccine must be manufactured, distributed, and administered (I believe this is a two-dose vaccine) - and must be kept refrigerated all along the way.

Until then, all we have are our masks and good sense.

Our case rate is at an all-time high. The case rate goes up and down each day based on which day of the week the various agencies report. For the first time ever, each of the past seven days has seen new case counts greater than 100,000. I prefer to follow the weekly death count, and it's been rising steadily for the past 3 weeks, from 4859 to 6577. After so many months of watching the spread of the virus, the relationship between rising cases and rising deaths is well known - the trend in deaths lags the trend in cases by 3-4 weeks. Since the case rate is exploding, the weekly death rate will continue to rise for the next month at the very least. We will soon match the summer's highest death rate of over 1000 a week, most likely seeing 300,000 dead by the end of the year.

For most Americans, the election is over, and Biden won. Even in Trump Land, the election will be over in a few weeks, and Biden will win. The Trump presidency is fading into the rearview mirror - it's time for the country to unite, at least for this one existential crisis if nothing else. We may not agree on abortion, or guns, or taxes, or how a president should behave, but surely we can all agree that we want to slow the spread of this virus. Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, avoid crowds. Many Trumpsters predicted that the virus would magically disappear on November 4th - it's still here, and it's not going anywhere soon.

Carlos Ponce

There are three more vaccines that are nearing test completion. Now compare the efficacy rate of the Pfizer vaccine (90%) to the average efficacy rate of the flu vaccine - 60%. (Note each flu vaccine efficacy varies but come no where close to Pfizer's.)

Jim Forsythe

The storage issue with Covid-19 vaccine is being addressed, but still could be a problem. The Covid-19 vaccine by Pfize must be kept at minus 70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit) or below for long term storage. It can be kept in an ultra-low temperature freezer for up to six months or for five days at 2-8 degrees C – a type of refrigeration commonly available at hospitals,

“The cold chain is going to be one of the most challenging aspects of delivery of this vaccination,” Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, was quoted saying.

“This will be a challenge in all settings because hospitals even in big cities do not have storage facilities for a vaccine at that ultra-low temperature.” which could limit the storage time at hospitals to five days.

One of the ways they are looking to store the vaccine, is temporary storage boxes. They are like a ice chest , but only can be open twice a day for one minute each time to be able to maintain the temperatures. Another issue with these type of low temperatures is the vials, because they may not be able to handle the low temperatures. Corning is working on this, and they think they have what is needed.

Bailey Jones

Thanks for fleshing this out. I hadn't realized that the refrigeration requirements were so extreme.

Carlos Ponce

"but still could be a problem" With dry ice they're saying "no problem"

Gary Miller

At the present rate of new infections ten percent of Americans soon will have had the virus and be recovering.

Mike Zeller

Gary, how come it's so bad in the Red States, I thought you said only the Blue States didn't know what they were doing. Gary wear your mask!

Ted Gillis

Except for the % who will die.

Carlos Ponce

Only those with a comorbidity, Ted.

Jim Forsythe

135 million people under age 65, or about half of nonelderly people, have a preexisting condition.

Carlos Ponce

Under which definition, Jim? The Medical Profession and Insurance companies had a distinct definition of "pre-existing conditions". Obamacare added many things to that list including "pregnancy". Last I checked pregnancy is still a 9-month condition usually brought on by consensual behavior. That 135 million number comes from the Obamacare list of "pre-existing conditions" NOT the real one.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, how many people do not have a preexisting condition?

Carlos Ponce

Depends on your definition. The REAL one or the Obamacare one?

Bailey Jones

Meanwhile, in El Paso -

"The county now has six mobile morgues on the ground, and four more have been requested, officials said.

The main county morgue was completely full with 90 bodies late Monday afternoon, according to Nicholette Ruiz, an El Paso County senior policy adviser.

One temporary trailer had 13 of its 20 spots filled, a second mobile morgue had 35 of 36 slots taken and a third had 14 of 36 positions occupied, Ruiz said. The fourth mobile morgue will be used to shuttle remains from the morgue to the new trailers that are expected to arrive shortly, as more Covid-19 victims die."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/covid-19-cases-fast-rise-el-paso-running-out-morgue-n1247114

"But it affects virtually nobody. It's an amazing thing" - DJ Trump 9/21/2020

Carlos Ponce

Why so many in EL PASO? Answer MEXICO. While only 19% of those infected have traveled to Mexico, Mexicans have traveled to EL PASO hence the 37% who became infected after visiting BIG BOX STORES, 22.5% after going to RESTAURANTS were Mexican tourist go. Across the border is JUAREZ which has seen a huge spike including Juárez Mayor Armando Cabada.

Bailey Jones

And I'll bet it's CANADIANS causing the spike in North Dakota! https://www.grandforksherald.com/newsmd/coronavirus/6743963-Active-COVID-19-cases-in-North-Dakota-increase-more-than-165-since-last-month

Carlos Ponce

Can you support that claim, Bailey?

Jim Forsythe

You can say all you want, but we are not rounding a corner. We are in trouble in many areas of the USA and it will continue to get worse. Many areas have no more bed space for people that need it. This is without the flu season in full swing.

On Wednesday, the U.S. surpassed 240,000 deaths. Todays total deaths,1,485.

U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations surpassed 60,000 for the first time Tuesday, continuing a steady rise that has seen hospitalizations more than double in less than two months.

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