Monday, May 10, 2021

CoVid-19: FDA Grants Pfizer EUA For 12-15yo; Still Awaits CDC Approval | Governor Proposes California Comeback Plan | HHS Includes Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in Title IX Protected Classes |

Backlit Balboa Park Fountain and California Tower (Taken 5.10.21)

I got up bright and shiny this morning, hoping to get the FDA's announcement that 12-15 year olds would be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. That announcement ended up not coming until the afternoon, but now that the FDA has given the emergency use authorization, it will still need to be considered by a CDC committee which isn't meeting until Wednesday. If they approve it then the CDC would authorize, while concurrently the Western States Advisory Committee would have to approve and then the County has to give the go-ahead. So the tweens may be eligible as soon as Thursday or Friday, but I wouldn't expect it until Monday, and hopefully SDUSD will continue the clinics, particularly at Hoover or City High so we can get that shot in Nova's arm as soon as possible. 

We spent the late afternoon at the San Diego Zoo but I've been having shoulder pain, so I took it easy on the photography and the ones I did take sucked balls so I'll just skip posting pics today. But we did walk from the Zoo to the Moreton Bay Fig and the new platform which is pretty cool in spite of me not really seeing the project as a priority for the park when it was proposed. From there, we walked through the Prado and over the pedestrian bridge to the rose garden and succulent/native plant garden before heading home for the night. 

Today's media briefings were mostly uneventful. Lots of questions about the conflict in Isreal-Palestine, the ransomware hacks, and more harping on the jobs report with Fox news trying to emphasize people choosing to stay home and Jen having no patience for it. As has been covered extensively, thousands of unemployed people have changed industries to find better jobs, with better pay and less contact with asshole customers and asshole bosses, parents still have to watch kids who aren't in school or childcare fulltime, and many industries, like mine, still haven't reopened. It also takes a lot of fucking nerve for businesses to complain about EDD and support workers are receiving when they all got bailouts, PPP, taxbreaks, waived licensing and permitting, and other grants to sustain their businesses all last year. It is frankly appalling and galling. Meanwhile, the Governor proposed a massive "California Comeback Plan" which would still have to work through the legislature but would give more stimmies to tax filers earning up to $75k. Some of those details are linked below, too. 

And just because I think these are fun, here's another anti-vax email:

Why are you promoting people getting a vax that are still in testing stages? Use to love your venue but not if your promoting shit like this.  The vaccine does not protect anyone.  Does it really make sense to have a mask on then take it off at your table? You guys are brainwashed.  Please remove me from your list!
Uh, no problem. You are removed. Stay safe out there. Contrary to this person, vaccines protect all of us and there are now dozens of studies to show it (including this one), including the fact that US cases dropped below 25k which as far as I can tell is the lowest daily case rate since June 18

  • State Data:
    • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 34.4%
    • R-effective: 0.86
    • 190 New Cases/277,950 Total Cases
    • 0 Deaths/3,725 Total Deaths
    • 5.5 cases/100k population (Assessed on 5/4. Unadjusted Case Rate)
    • 2.2% Test Positivity (Assessed on 5/4)
    • 2.7% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 5/4)
    • 160 COVID-19 hospitalized patients ( patients, % from prior day)
    • 45 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+5 patients, +12.5% from prior day)
    • 217 ICU beds available (+11 from prior day)
  • County Data:
    • San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 5-10-2021 - County News Center 
    • 233 New Cases/278,182 Total Cases 
    • 0 New Daily Deaths/3,725 Total Deaths
    • 3,568,195 Doses Received/3,186,803 Doses Administered
    • 1,783,615 Partially Vaccinated/1,260,031 Fully Vaccinated
    • (Population of 16+ is 2,689,348. Goal is 75%. This number will change when 12-15 year olds are added to eligibility)
    • 4% Daily Test Positivity/1.6% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/1.5% Test Positivity (14-day average)
    • 5.0 cases/100k population (Assessed on 5/4. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
    • 97.3% Case Investigation 
    • -1.4% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (138 patients. -5% over 30 days)
    • 32% ICU Capacity (39 patients. -26% over 30 days)
    • 54 Staffed ICU Beds Available
    • 2 New/16 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:

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