COVID19 brief update, December 9, 2020: first vaccinations begin

A few bullet points in between work and fiction writing:

cartoon sent by Mrs. Arbel
cartoon sent by Mrs. Arbel
  • Last Monday, at 06:30 AM, the UK started vaccinating its first patients. Margaret “Maggie” Keenan, 90, from Coventry, became the first recipient, closely followed by (I kid you not) William Shakespeare, age 81.
  • as of yesterday night, rising infection figures prompted Israel to introduce a night “curfew”. Not sure I see the point of this, but there may be a desire to not let things spiral out of control with vaccine deliveries imminent
  • and sure enough: this morning, 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport and will be placed in a deep-refrigeration facility at Teva Pharmaceuticals in Petach-Tikva. Vaccination is expected to start on or before Dec. 20. Former COVID19 czar (now back at his day job as CEO of Ichilov Hospital) Prof. Roni Gamzu wants to vaccinate even if FDA approval is not forthcoming, and volunteered to get the first dose. Apparently, Israel will not made the vaccination compulsory.
  • If you impose onerous, arbitrary restrictions on your population and then, to add insult to injury, exempt yourself from them (because of Brahmandarin sense of entitlement according to which you totes deserve $500/person birthday dinners), don’t be surprised if people engage in Irish democracy. For example, if you tell churches to stay shut but allow strip clubs to open, don’t be surprised at stunts like churches rebranding themselves as strip clubs so they can stay open.

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