I'm at the age where we got both Polio vaccines and I have little or no problem lining up to add each successful vaccine as they become available but I really imagine that we are going to see a series similar to Flu where we will need a vaccine for THIS Seasons Covid; perhaps even semi-annually.
Health service workers and at risk people get the first batch.
I have to say, I hope so. I don’t want to be rude about the staff at the NHS, and they generally do a fantastic job, but the sooner they get back to fully treating the myriad of other life threatening and life altering diseases and conditions, which seem to have been forgotten in all this, the better.
I know of three people who are in remission from cancer. All three have had their annual check-ups cancelled and not re-scheduled. One of them had this happen 5 months ago. Last month, after starting to feel ill, he managed to persuade them to review his case. He has developed serious secondary cancers, which could have been picked up much sooner, if they hadn’t cancelled his check-up. This is a horrible pandemic - but it is not the only horrible and fatal disease out there.
Could there be any greater conceit, than for someone to believe that the universe has to be simple enough for them to be able to understand it ?
For the next couple months in the US only the essential workers; ie:Republican Congessmen and Presidential Staff & family will get it.
After Jan 20th the plan is Health Care workers will be Group 1. Next Group 2, the elderly and those with compromised health. Group 3 will be everyone else. The US will need something on the order of 600 million doses.
The worst part of this trend is that it does not seem to be local clusters but rather wide spread with new infections in every city in the county.
The jump from 125-150 average new cases a day has been sudden. Several possible sources are Labor Day, the voting, Mexican Independence Day (bigger than Cinco de Mayo) but also the return of the true Texas Religion, High School Football.
After Jan 20th the plan is Health Care workers will be Group 1
I have family in 'murika and she works in health care as a nurse (been doing it for last 5-6 years?) She received her first of the 2-shots a few days ago. -Illinois, Chicago suburbs (not a main Chicago hospital.)
Of course, I don't expect this to be indicative of the US as a whole - but, at least it's starting.
It looks like the great Swedish experiment has ended in tragedy
“ For much of this year, those who object to measures to control the virus have hailed Sweden as a libertarian paradise, supposedly showing us how Covid-19 could be kept under control without intrusive government restrictions.
Of late, these champions have fallen silent. It’s not hard to explain why. Recent days have seen Sweden’s Nordic neighbours Finland and Norway offering emergency medical assistance as Stockholm’s hospitals have been overwhelmed, infections and deaths have spiked dramatically upward, and the King of Sweden has made an unprecedented criticism of the government’s bungled strategy.”