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Always red beyond the headlines

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Especially when it comes to news about COVID-19 and even more especially news about the vaccines against SARS-Co-V-2. So, many of the headlines that followed a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine about the Pfizer vaccine’s effects on the viral stain from South Africa called (B.1.351) focused on the fact […]

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A not-so-trivial pursuit

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According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, 15 people tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a 50-person trivia party somewhere in the Fraser Valley over the Family Day weekend. Only2 possible explanations. Either these people thought that being a whiz at trivia means that you are automatically very low-risk (via a trivia shield) for getting infected even […]

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We will believe her when it happens – not before

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The Globe and Mail reports that Procurement Minister (a very odd portfolio name, I suggest, in part because the Procurement Minister has not procured very much as yet) Anita Anand says “Canada’s steady drop in international COVID-19 vaccination rankings will start to reverse as the country gets a significant increase in vaccine deliveries in the coming months.” […]

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Good news and not-so-good news from the UK

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A study from Imperial College London has determined that COVID infections have fallen by two-thirds in a month in England. That’s very good news and it points out in a real-world way that using social restrictions (masks, social distancing, lockdowns) and rapid, widespread vaccinations are working to significantly cut down infections. The off-setting disappointing news, […]