Pandemic life is starting to get old, and I’d love to go back to normal as fast as possible. There’s good news on that front. Yesterday morning, one volunteer in Georgia got an injection that kicked off the first large-scale vaccine trial in the US. The study will test 30,000 healthy people at about 89 sites around the US to determine whether the vaccine (developed by Moderna) works.
Also, yesterday afternoon, Pfizer also announced that it will also begin a late-stage study of a vaccine, with the first shots to be given today (Tues). The trial will also include 30,000 people, from 39 states.
If all goes well and the vaccine is effective, Moderna said it should be able to deliver 500 million doses this year (2020), and up to a billion per year starting in 2021. I love the optimism. I had all but given up hope of anything happening in 2020.
An update about my Side-Effect statements: I talked with a pharma rep this weekend who stated that Stage 3 side effects in a drug trial is more akin to a bad headache than paralysis. Stage 4 means hospitalization, so it does encompass everything before before hospitalization but it usually means being under the weather. All that said, if there was a vaccine that knocked me out for a day – I’d be fine with that. I bet we all would.
I’m super excited for NBA basketball to start back up. Right now, the NBA is in a bubble at Disney World and the players are tweeting up a storm. When they got there, they had to quarantine and just hang out, and so they started posting all day to social media.
Some filmed themselves training or shotgunning beers. Here’s a beer shotgun challenge. Miami’s Meyers Leonard shotgunned a Coors Light in record time, declaring himself “King of the Bubble.” Here’s JJ Reddick.
— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) July 12, 2020
Giannis channeling his inner Eddie Murphy
You could say Giannis loves “Coming to America” 🤣 *NSFW*
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 4, 2020
Others got more serious and brought cameras and started official content platforms. A 76ers vlogged his trip from Philadelphia to the Orlando
Just launched a new @youtube! Episode 1 of my new #NBABubble series called #WelcomeToTheBubble just dropped. I shot and edited the entire thing. More episodes coming soon. https://t.co/RL6MI25HWo pic.twitter.com/uElXMh7rVI
— Matisse Thybulle (@MatisseThybulle) July 11, 2020
Over the weekend Lou Williams escaped from the bubble and then went to an Atlanta strip club. He’s being fined and suspended. I can’t imagine he’ll be the last to try to break the rules.
Clipper Lou Williams left the NBA bubble for a funeral. And went to Magic City strip club in Atlanta the night before the funeral with a rapper. Then lied about it and got caught by NBA security. This is amazing. https://t.co/oaFeC7LQve
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 25, 2020
Like I said, this stuff is just the kind of soap opera drama I’m looking for – and the games haven’t even started yet.
Poolball combines pool and soccer and looks awesome.
Objects are bigger than they may seem
Celebrate responsibly… pic.twitter.com/Q66R24It1o
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 27, 2020
In keeping with the sports theme of today’s newsletter, two Monday MLB games were postponed after 14 players on the Marlins tested positive for the virus. Apparently on Sunday their shortstop decided to keep playing after there was an outbreak. Good move, dude.
You gotta be fucking kidding me https://t.co/WWFofW4K8D
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) July 27, 2020
Bringing back baseball not because we contained Coronavirus, but because we got tired of it — and then that decision immediately biting us in the ass — is a perfect encapsulation of this country.
Truly, America’s pastime.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) July 27, 2020
It’s a bad sign for baseball but also a bad sign for just about everything in our daily lives. It’s too bad things just can’t go back to normal. It’s also not a great omen for football as both the NFL and college football aren’t doing anything to protect against something like this happening.
when you think about it, cars, planes, even trains, are just really fast chairs
— Indy ❄️ (@IndecisiveJones) July 27, 2020
it’s so hot (how hot is it?) pic.twitter.com/bb2gQtvtRn
— 💥𝚍𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚒 𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚝💥 (@dodaistewart) July 27, 2020
Nationally, 80% of coronavirus deaths have been among adults 65 and older, and 33% among those age 85 or older but it varies from state to state. For instance, in Idaho, 94% of all deaths are adults over 65 whereas in Wash DC it’s only 70%.
In Marin, cases are on their way down, which is great. Let’s keep that trend going. Here’s new cases since the beginning:
That’s it. Have a great day everyone
Only 64 more days to go