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  • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

    Pfizer funded their own research. They were never part of Warp Speed.
    But does that mean that the Warp speed folk will not be the distributor? 60 Minutes interviewed the General in charge and he was asked what he feared most: "People refusing to take it," was his response. Pfizer can't distribute it like Warp Speed can.

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    • Have not been reading this thread but a quick update from the office. Going through my electronic in basket of lab results and such, I think I had 6 positives today, a few are my patients and a few belonged to one of my partners. That is out of about 14 tests that were resulted. That is way, way more than I have seen this year. Typically I have gone days or even several weeks without seeing a positive result. One of my partners had a buddy of his over to help move a treadmill this weekend, that buddy is a nephrologist, and the nephrologist is now sick today. Getting tested. The local hospitals in Colorado Springs are talking about cutting back on elective surgeries that might land someone in the hospital for one or more nights, like knee replacement etc. in order to keep beds open. A friend of ours in Denver had a very mild stroke this weekend and she waited most of the day in the emergency room for an inpatient bed since the hospital is getting close to capacity with coronavirus patients pushing that limit. Stay safe out there.

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      • Originally posted by guru View Post
        Looks like we have our first vaccine across the line. Pfizer's phase 3 trial 90% effective. If granted emergency use authorization millions of doses could be available next month.

        https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/09/healt...ive/index.html
        Important caveat: this is only based on symptomatic cases. We do not know (based on this result) if the vaccine is actually preventing the disease, or merely weakening the symptoms. Both are GOOD, but the latter could potentially mean that the vaccine does far less than hoped to reduce the spread

        I would like to see a vaccine trial that is conducting regular PCR testing of all subjects, and then compared the positive rates between the two groups. Hopefully this trial is also gathering that data.

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        • Originally posted by jeremyp View Post

          But does that mean that the Warp speed folk will not be the distributor? 60 Minutes interviewed the General in charge and he was asked what he feared most: "People refusing to take it," was his response. Pfizer can't distribute it like Warp Speed can.
          On people taking it ...the timing is perfect...Trump is taking credit....and a new Administration is coming in....

          The government has already guaranteed buying the vaccine..

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          • There are 3 critical areas where we must demonstrate success before filing for EUA of our #COVID19 vaccine

            https://mobile.twitter.com/pfizer/st...48378564030464

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            • "We need to get through the hardest stretch of this pandemic without the benefit of a vaccine," says @ScottGottliebMD
              . "The vaccine is really a 2021 event in terms of when it is going to provide protective immunity to that initial tranche."

              https://mobile.twitter.com/SquawkCNB...01014407147522

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              • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post

                The Sunday (11/8/20) early afternoon numbers:

                Globally: 49,882K cases & 1,248K deaths
                The USA: 9,960K cases & 241K deaths
                NY State: 529K cases & 33,287 deaths
                NYC only: 271K cases & 24,030 deaths
                NJ State: 255K cases & 16,429 deaths
                Bergen: 26,924 cases & 2,071 deaths

                NY, NJ, NYC, and Bergen deaths include confirmed and probable.

                NJ had 2,043 new cases, 4 new confirmed deaths
                NY had 3,048 new cases, 19 new confirmed deaths NJ has 1,439 & NY has 1,396 hospitalizations.
                The Rt for NJ dipped to 1.23.
                The Monday (11/9/20) early afternoon numbers:

                Globally: 50,505K cases & 1,254K deaths
                The USA: 10,067K cases & 241K deaths
                NY State: 532K cases & 33,314 deaths
                NYC only: 272K cases & 24,038 deaths
                NJ State: 257K cases & 16,440 deaths
                Bergen: 27,060 cases & 2,071 deaths

                Global numbers exclude China which has reported only 86K cases and 4.6K deaths, and almost nothing for seven months.

                NJ had 2,075 new cases, 11 new confirmed deaths
                NY had 3,144 new cases, 26 new confirmed deaths
                NJ has 1,537 & NY has 1,444 hospitalizations.
                The Rt for NJ inched up to 1.24.
                The NJ spot positive testing rate is 7.52%.
                Last edited by Halfmiler2; 11-09-2020, 10:25 PM.

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                • NJ and Connecticut announced a crackdown on restaurants and bars requiring them to close indoor service at 10 PM. We have not heard whether NY is in lockstep on this one.

                  Governor Murphy also is prohibiting interstate indoor athletic competition for youth and high school. At the moment this only affects volleyball in the high schools, but if it lasts into December, it could limit high school basketball, and more importantly indoor track.
                  Last edited by Halfmiler2; 11-09-2020, 10:37 PM.

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                  • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
                    NJ and Connecticut announced a crackdown on restaurants and bars requiring them to close indoor service at 10 PM. We have not heard whether NY is in lockstep on this one.
                    New York is doing this by very specific areas, which they're calling "clusters". They are zones within larger areas such as counties. There are three zones--red, orange, and yellow--and different restrictions apply to different activities within each zone color. You can see the restaurant and bar restrictions for each zone in the "Dining" line on the chart on this web page:

                    https://forward.ny.gov/cluster-action-initiative


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                    • I'd rate this as a MUST WATCH: 60 Minutes looks at the supply-side part of Operation Warp Speed. As in, having a vaccine will be awesome, but how do you get it distributed? (for those who think 60M has a blue bias I hasten to note that this is 100% free of any political cant):

                      https://www.cbsnews.com/video/covid-...-2020-11-08/#x

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                      • That was excellent, and the interview with Ken Burns that followed was a breath of fresh air amid all the stressful stuff in the news.

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                        • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post

                          The Monday (11/9/20) early afternoon numbers:

                          Globally: 50,505K cases & 1,254K deaths
                          The USA: 10,067K cases & 241K deaths
                          NY State: 532K cases & 33,314 deaths
                          NYC only: 272K cases & 24,038 deaths
                          NJ State: 257K cases & 16,440 deaths
                          Bergen: 27,060 cases & 2,071 deaths

                          Global numbers exclude China which has reported only 86K cases and 4.6K deaths, and almost nothing for seven months.

                          NJ had 2,075 new cases, 11 new confirmed deaths
                          NY had 3,144 new cases, 26 new confirmed deaths
                          NJ has 1,537 & NY has 1,444 hospitalizations.
                          The Rt for NJ inched up to 1.24.
                          The NJ spot positive testing rate is 7.52%.
                          The Tuesday (11/10/20) early afternoon numbers:

                          Globally: 50,827K cases & 1,258K deaths
                          The USA: 10,191K cases & 242K deaths
                          NY State: 536K cases & 33,343 deaths
                          NYC only: 274K & 24,042 deaths
                          NJ State: 260K cases & 16,461 deaths
                          Bergen: 27,361 cases & 2,072 deaths

                          NY, NJ, NYC, and Bergen deaths include confirmed and probable.

                          NJ: 3,877 new cases (most since May), 21 new deaths. NY: 3,965 new cases, 32 new deaths
                          NJ has 1,645 & NY has 1,548 hospitalizations.
                          The Rt for NJ edged up to 1.25.
                          Last edited by Halfmiler2; 11-11-2020, 06:56 PM.

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                          • NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. has surpassed 1 million new confirmed coronavirus cases in just the first 10 days of November.

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                            • Originally posted by DrJay View Post
                              That was excellent, and the interview with Ken Burns that followed was a breath of fresh air amid all the stressful stuff in the news.
                              I'll continue that train of thought in the binge-watching thread

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                              • By my tally (using Worldmeter data) we hit a record 135,5000 today (and that is without data from Nebraska and Missouri who had almost 6,000 cases between them yesterday - when complete figures come in it might be the first day of >140,000, more than 1.5/second). It is a record average of 126,000/day, and ALL of the seven highest days are in this week so there were 866,000 cases added this week and more than a million since election day. Not only are cases increasing, but the increase in cases is increasingly large, day by day. Dane County has gone up by a factor of four in two weeks, but despite that and the fact that they hit their largest increase today, it is better than 70% of the counties in the state - that is an indication of how widespread it is. We have had 2700+ cases this week --- it took until July 10 to hit that in total. And since the smaller counties are not testing that much, the true cases are much higher since the positivity rate is getting close to 50% (Dane County is actually doing about 5000 tests/day, or 1% of the population but nowhere else has that sort of testing level been reached partially because the UW does more than 10,000 tests/week and aims to increase for the next several days.

                                A doctor neighbor working remotely with the area near Green Bay said that his contacts there said that they were desperate for personnel -- so desperate that they are offering nurses $16,000 in pay, and no, that is not for a month, that is for a week. I am guessing that might for an ICU nurse, but still, if that is the case, the rural hospitals cannot compete with $400/hour (well, those are probably not 40-hour weeks...).
                                Last edited by 26mi235; 11-11-2020, 03:07 AM.

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