8 thoughts on “Pro and Con

  1. Typhoid Mary says:

    Employees at the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico have been told by management, they have until September 1 to be fully vaccinated and that If they refuse [which is to say prefer not to be vaccinated], they won’t be allowed on NRAO property and will be terminated.
    The VLA director said Friday that 90% of its staff across the country have been vaccinated. https://www.krqe.com/news/business/employees-worry-about-fate-of-vla-with-new-vaccine-mandate/
    The VLA is a component of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The NRAO is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Very_Large_Array

  2. Immanentizing the eschaton says:

    Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens : The notion of coronavirus vaccines as unnecessary or harmful — or a government plot — is increasingly embraced by Trump supporters, complicating Biden’s push to boost the public’s immunity before autumn. https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2021/07/15/vaccine-hesitancy-morphs-into-hostility-as-opposition-to-shots-hardens/
    Republican governor says anti-vaccine rhetoric is ‘killing people’ and denounces ‘propaganda’ https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2021/07/17/republican-governor-says-anti-vaccine-rhetoric-is-killing-people-and-denounces-propaganda/
    Members of Congress have derided “door-to-door” outreach; a host at the conservative network Newsmax recently declared vaccines “against nature”; and audience members at a conservative conference cheered last weekend when a speaker said the United States missed its immunization goals. Those in counties won by President Joe Biden are more likely to be fully vaccinated than those in counties won by former president Donald Trump, the Kaiser Family Foundation found this month. https://www.deseret.com/utah/2021/7/14/22577349/mitt-romney-calls-politicizing-covid-19-vaccine-moronic-republicans-democrats-fauci

  3. Game of chance says:

    An observational study of more than 70,000 people in 302 UK hospitals finds that one in two people hospitalized with COVID-19 developed at least one complication. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/tl-tlo071421.php
    Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine have produced a stem cell model that demonstrates a potential route of entry of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, into the human brain.
    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/uoc–3s071621.php
    Covid-19 is putting younger, healthy and mostly unvaccinated people in hospitals at higher rates as cases continue to climb in much of the US, health experts say.
    Over the past week, 48 states saw an increase in Covid-19 cases, with 30 reporting a more than 50% increase, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
    “This year’s virus is not last year’s virus. It’s attacking our 40-year-olds. It’s attacking our parents and young grandparents, and it’s getting our kids. And so understanding how different this is and that we can’t take our experience from last year and apply it to today and assume we’re going to be OK is our biggest fight right now.” Catherine O’Neal, an infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/18/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

  4. Science be damned says:

    SARS-CoV-2 still poses major challenges to mankind. The frequent emergence of mutant forms makes the threat posed by the virus difficult to predict. The SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 circulated in India and gave rise to the Delta variant, B.1.617.2, which is now becoming dominant in many countries. Infection researchers from the German Primate Center (DPZ) – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Göttingen have investigated the B.1.617 variant in detail. In cell culture studies, they found that this variant can infect certain lung and intestinal cell lines more efficiently than the original virus. The researchers also demonstrated that B.1.617 is less sensitive to inhibition by antibodies present in the blood of convalescent or vaccinated individuals and resistant to a therapeutic antibody used for COVID-19 treatment. These properties may enable B.1.617 and its subtypes to rapidly spread in the human population, thereby increasing the risk of incompletely vaccinated individuals and individuals with declining immune protection to become infected (Cell Reports). https://www.dpz.eu/en/news/press-releases/single-view/news/sars-cov-2-variante-b1617-macht-es-dem-immunsystem-schwer.html
    SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 is resistant to bamlanivimab and evades antibodies induced by infection and vaccination https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(21)00828-7?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS2211124721008287%3Fshowall%3Dtrue

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