Many states did not get the allotments of doses they expected. Worse: the stupidly-named federal "Operation Warp Speed" is moving so slowly that "Adequately vaccinating Americans will take 10 years at current pace," reported NBC News. [...]
"in many places, this first batch of vaccine is set to expire in late January, around the time Joe Biden, who has been criticizing the rollout and promising to accelerate it, is set to take office." [...]
Stanford University deserved all the ire it received when the first vaccine doses didn't go to frontline doctors and nurses but instead went to senior staff working from home (among others), blaming the favoritism on an algorithm. Well oops, they did it again: over the weekend non-clinical and non-frontline affiliates and researchers got the next round of shots in what they are characterizing as a "mistake." [...]
Two weeks ago we saw a new Covid-19 variant come out of the UK and learned that it made this extremely contagious virus somehow even more transmissible; it had traveled to various EU countries by last week. Now it is in the US, identified in Colorado and Southern California so far. [...]
What kind of people are going to restaurants during a pandemic? The worst kind.
"Working at a restaurant in 2020 has meant constant exposure to people who don't take safety, or the health of service workers, seriously. Abigail recalls overhearing a table at her previous restaurant discussing how they recently attended a huge party at a local creek in the hopes of catching COVID-19 and "getting it over with." "I had to warn the server and the bussers to make sure to wash their hands extra after dealing with this table," she says. "It's just so awful." [...]
"He offered to send a C.D.C. team to Wuhan to investigate, but Gao said that he wasn't authorized to accept such assistance. Redfield made a formal request to the Chinese government and assembled two dozen specialists, but no invitation arrived. A few days later, in another conversation with Redfield, Gao started to cry and said, "I think we're too late.""
Violet's year-end pandemic roundup is just full of all kinds of great news you may have missed...