It was another devastating day for the coronavirus pandemic in the US yesterday, with the total number of coronavirus cases passing 17m, the highest in the world by far. The US recorded almost a quarter of a million new coronavirus infections and more than 3,600 deaths yesterday alone. Thursday’s unemployment report also found that new jobless claims reached 885,000 last week, the highest weekly figure since September. In Los Angeles, two people are dying of Covid-19 every hour, as the hospitals system creaks under the weight of the pandemic.
However, there is some respite on the horizon. An advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the agency authorise a second coronavirus vaccine, developed by Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Moderna vaccine was found to be more than 94% effective at preventing Covid-19 in a trial of more than 30,000 participants…
[Disclaimer: My retirement investment account holds shares in Moderna.]
Twitter will remove tweets spreading harmful misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine, the company has announced, and will begin to label tweets that push conspiracy theories from next year.
Don’t delude yourself. Trump and his acolytes will declare a victory for their ignorant and racist policies. This confrontation with fascist politics ain’t going away. And the next rightwing candidate that will lead the American public down the road to obedience and death may be smarter than Trump. It ain’t that difficult a requirement.