Pandemic Update for 2021-11-28: Omicron

Items of recent pandemic news: Quantifying the immunity advantage over natural infection that you get from boosting; nucleotide sequences released for the vac­cines; an update on Omicron; and what we should do about it right now. Plus a frippery. Quotes Continue reading →

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The World Reacts to Omicron (B.1.1.529)

The new worrisome variant we wrote about yesterday, now named Omicron, is roil­ing the world today. B.1.1.529 was first identified in Botswana, in southern Africa, based on four cases in fully vaccinated people. Another six cases were soon spotted in Continue reading →

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New Variant B.1.1.529 Rising Fast in South Africa

This could be something. South African scientists grew concerned that a new SARS-CoV-2 variant is making inroads against Delta in one province of the country. Today (Thursday Nov. 25) they briefed public health authorities and others in government, up to Continue reading →


Pandemic Update for 2021-11-19: Reformulation

Items of recent pandemic news: CureVac’s second-generation vaccine does as well as Pfizer / BioNTech’s in a pre-clinical trial; the brain may participate directly in immune memory; and approval for boosters for all US adults. Plus a frippery. Boosters for Continue reading →


Pandemic Update for 2021-11-16: Herd

Items of recent pandemic news: The Great Resignation among healthcare workers; the CDC may stop talking about herd immunity; the sobering prevalance of long Covid; the fifth pandemic wave crashing over Europe; and con­si­der­a­tions for oral antivirals. Plus a frip­pery. Continue reading →


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