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What have the results of the vaccine trials told us about COVID-19 infection?

The uniform success of the first three COVID-19 vaccine trials has been a much-appreciated outcome. While the remarkable success of the RNA based vaccines and the relative success of the adenovirus vaccine are welcome, the results from these clinical trials probably tell us as much about the COVID-19 infection itself as the efficacy of theseContinue reading “What have the results of the vaccine trials told us about COVID-19 infection?”

AstraZeneca’s very strange data release around their COVID-19 vaccine.

AstraZeneca and its partner Oxford University released the final, phase III clinical data on their coronavirus vaccine this morning. At first, I was confused since some of the press releases state that it was 90% effective, others stated it was 60% effective, and yet other press releases came up with an average of 70% effective. TheseContinue reading “AstraZeneca’s very strange data release around their COVID-19 vaccine.”

Biscuit’s worst, most ridiculous COVID-19 vaccine rumors.

Like most folks Biscuit was overjoyed with the news that there were not one, but two, highly effective coronavirus vaccines. Who could argue with two independent studies showing both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be 95% effective in preventing COVID-19?  The results from the Phase III trials of both vaccines suggested to him thatContinue reading “Biscuit’s worst, most ridiculous COVID-19 vaccine rumors.”

Biscuit has left us.

At the time when there is so much human death and suffering in the world it is difficult to focus on the demise of a dog. However, when Biscuit died this last Thursday it was still difficult for our family. Biscuit came to us over 15 years ago and was reportedly a “beagle mix.” AsContinue reading “Biscuit has left us.”

The news about COVID-19 vaccines just keeps getting better! Could someone please convince the New York Times!

Pfizer announced this morning that the final analysis of their RNA based Coronavirus vaccine showed it was 95% effective in reducing illness. This was essentially identical to the results announced by Moderna on Monday, which suggests that both vaccines are highly effective in preventing illness.  The final efficacy data included 170 Covid-19 cases in theContinue reading “The news about COVID-19 vaccines just keeps getting better! Could someone please convince the New York Times!”

Good news: Michigan has seen a decrease in COVID-19 case growth over the past seven days.

Like many states Michigan has had significant case growth over the past four weeks. Today, however, the trend in cases over the past seven days shows a significant decrease in most counties. Hopefully this trend will continue, especially since the Governor felt she had to restrict activities yesterday. It also raises the question what wasContinue reading “Good news: Michigan has seen a decrease in COVID-19 case growth over the past seven days.”

The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19.

Moderna announced today that their vaccine is highly effective against COVID-19, equaling or surpassing the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine announced last week.  The results come from an interim analysis of 95 cases — 90 in the placebo group and 5 in the vaccine group. The company also disclosed that there were 11 severe casesContinue reading “The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19.”

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