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An announcement today was major news about a COVID-19 vaccine. Another of the vaccines that had advanced to early stage human clinical trials had its development halted by the FDA. Inovio Pharmaceuticals DNA coronavirus vaccine had completed an early stage human safety trial, but its further human trial was put on hold by the FDAContinue reading “Inovio Covid-19 vaccine development is put on hold.”
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent review of the process called “herd immunity.” this article includes a very good video clip that explains what herd immunity is and how it protects the population from spread of a pandemic like COVID-19. I highly recommend it. The article also points out some of the issues with theContinue reading “Two brief updates”
Addressing reporters at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order allowing bars and restaurants in the state to open at full capacity. “We are today moving into what we initially called Phase 3,” DeSantis said. “And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitationsContinue reading “Florida’s Governor takes an aggressive stance on reopening and reducing COVID-19 restrictions.”
A brief complaint tonight. The most important medical development initiative in recent history is the COVID-19 vaccine development program. Nicknamed “Operation Warp Speed,” this program has provided billions of dollars to private sector companies for the development of multiple vaccines that may protect individuals against COVID-19. There has been much concern about the independence ofContinue reading “Operation Warp Speed’s conflict of interest problem.”
Today, with much fanfare The Washington Post announced the “largest genetic study of the coronavirus to date” and indicated the “coronavirus is mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread.” In addition, this study indicated “one strain becoming predominant in Houston over time.” This ominous headline referred to an un-reviewed study from the BioRx website from Houston MethodistContinue reading “The Washington Post is needlessly scaring people about COVID-19…”
Today, we were inundated with a rash of news reports warning of potential increases in COVID-19 cases this fall. Again, the rationale is that as people spend more time inside because of colder weather they will be more likely to transmit the coronavirus between themselves. In response to these reports, I decided to focus onContinue reading “Any seasonal rise in COVID-19 infections has not happened yet.”
Two unusual events happened today involving the Department of Health and Human services. Whatever the intent of these events it is unfortunate that both appear to undermine the credibility of this organization at the most inopportune time. First, Alex M. Azar, II, the secretary of health and human services, this week prohibited the nation’s healthContinue reading “What in the world is going on in the Department of Health and Human Services?”
In honor of our 205-blog post (we missed one day), Biscuit decided to look back on the past six months and reflect on some of the COVID-19 ideas that turned out to be not quite right. Some seemed destined to failure from the start, but many had remarkable enthusiasm. When he looks back now it’sContinue reading “Biscuit reflects on COVID-19 concepts that didn’t work.”
Peer review is the only defense we have against “24-hour news channel” science. It needs to be fixed immediately before the vaccine data is published.
In honor of national peer review week (September 21st through 25th), I am recognizing the process that has enhanced science over the past 100 years. Peer review is the practice by which a scientific report is evaluated by other experts in the field for importance and scientific rigor before it is published. It is the cornerstone ofContinue reading “Peer review is the only defense we have against “24-hour news channel” science. It needs to be fixed immediately before the vaccine data is published.”
A little noticed article in the WSJ yesterday has perked my interest. Dr. Fauci was quoted in a video interview with The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council that “With a combination of a good vaccine together with good public health measures, we may be able to put this coronavirus outbreak behind us, the way weContinue reading “Dr. Fauci has finally changed his mind. The pandemic will end and normal could return in a year!”
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