Post by Kevrob Post by Paul S Person Post by Kevrob
Post by Lynn McGuire
ADD: Still looking forward to the daily ballistic from Houston to Tokyo
and back. Fifteen minutes of free fall. Free barf bags for all !
...& 2 weeks in quarantine before you get to have a face-to-face?
Well, we /hope/ so, anyway.
Preferably /before/ our failure to vaccinate the Third World produces
a really /nasty/ variant that is not only much more deadly but isn't
affected by the current vaccines.
Piggishness has its price.
Does "Third World" = Missouri? Mississippi?
Back in (IIRC) the 60s, /Scientific American/ published its annual
theme issue (all the topics were in the same general area, usually
scientific) on "Underdeveloped Countries".
First one up? /The American South/.
This was, of course, the Old South: legal segregation,
separate-and-definitely-not-equal, little or no industry.
And, much as I regret the loss of life, I cannot help noticing that it
is Republican-controlled states that are promoting "vaccination is
optional" ideologies and, since virtually all deaths from the bug over
the last few months appear to have been /unvaccinated/ persons, that
means that a /lot/ of Republican voters will not be available to vote
Republican in future elections.
While those pesky Dems, with their concern for public health, will be
around to vote -- Democratic.
The Republican Party appears to be /literally/ committing suicide.
Hence, no doubt, all the nonsense about "kool-aid": projection of what
they are doing onto others.
Post by Kevrob
In parts of the US we can retain pockets sufficient
to evolve our own variants.
48.5% of USians are fully vaccinated.
Over 60% in my state are.
<possibly argumentative, but not intended to be>
Which, by your last quote below, is 48.5 times as high a proportion as
the poor countries.
Where do you think a killer variant is more likely to evolve? Where
48.5% of the population is vaccinated, or where 1% is?
Where did Delta come from? The 'sippi? Or India (which was apparently
at 4.7% six weeks ago)?
</possibly argumentative, but not intended to be>
Post by Kevrob
25.8% of the world population has received at least one dose of a
3.54 billion doses have been administered globally, and 29.96 million
are now administered each day.
Only 1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.
[/quote] - https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations?country=USA
That last line is very scary.
Some time ago (June, IIRC) I read an article stating that, among US
cities, Seattle had the highest vaccination rate, well above 70% (for
at least one jab). The next-highest was Miami -- at 60.1%.
The point isn't the numbers, it's the /gap/.
"I begin to envy Petronius."
"I have envied him long since."