Today was a really great day, mostly. Nova had yet another traumatic call with her mom, so after dealing with the emotional wreckage of that, she had a piano lesson that seemed to uplift her mood. We were going to the San Diego Zoo, but decided to finally bust to La Jolla Cove for my first time since we pulled her from soccer last fall.
That sea lion and guano smell hits right as you park your car, but it was so welcome because it has been so long. There is all kinds of construction on Cave St. to Coast Blvd, so my favorite little spot was closed, but it kinda made me feel better in that it's probably been closed for weeks if not months, I haven't been paying attention. It wasn't crowded though as sunset approached, more people kinda lined up to watch the sea lions, but I was able to carve out my little spaces to take some photos while Nova and Darren splashed around in the Cove.
After we grabbed hot wings from one of the vendors in H Mart and now everyone is asleep so I can go back to watching my dumb show. I guess what made this a really great day is that there was late afternoon breaking news that someone from the FDA let out of the bag that they expect to approve the EUA for Pfizer for kids 12-15 sometime next week. After that, it sounds like the ACIP will meet and then make a recommendation to the CDC. So we're on track for my April 8th prediction that teens will start getting jabs by end of May, though it seems like it will come even faster than that. That is very exciting news, though it may bring up the possibility of Nova traveling this summer after all, which could be trauma the kid just doesn't need before high school. Still, fingers crossed on vaccination approval sooner rather than later. Stay safe out there.
- COVID 'Doesn't Discriminate By Age': Serious Cases On The Rise In Younger Adults - npr/KPBS (5.1.21)
- The F.D.A. is set to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 12-15 years old by early next week. - The New York Time (5.3.21)
- FDA to authorize Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds by early next week, official says - CNN (5.4.21)
"Based on an initial evaluation of the information submitted, at this time, the agency does not plan to hold a meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on this request to amend the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which was discussed and recommended for authorization at a VRBPAC meeting in December 2020. As with all FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines, we are committed to transparency with this EUA review process."
...(The) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will schedule a meeting for after any FDA decision to extend the EUA to new age groups. ACIP will advise CDC on whether to recommend use of the vaccine in 12-to-15-year-olds, and then CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will decide whether the agency will recommend its use in the new age group.
- Labeled swabs in photo are for quality control, not a sign COVID-19 tests are fixed - Politifact (4.28.21)
- Household COVID-19 risk and in-person schooling - Science (4.29.21)
While in-person schooling is associated with household COVID-19 risk, this risk can likely be controlled with properly implemented school-based mitigation measures.
- As Vaccine Demand Slows, Political Differences Go on Display in California Counties - KHN (5.3.21)
Infectious disease experts estimate that anywhere from 50% to 85% of the population would need to get vaccinated to put a damper on the spread of the virus. But overall state numbers may mask pockets of unvaccinated Californians, concentrated inland, that will prevent these regions from achieving “herd immunity,” the point at which the unvaccinated are protected by the vaccinated. Epidemiologists worry that the virus may continue to circulate in these communities, threatening everyone.
- White House:
- Remarks by President Biden on the American Families Plan
- The President’s Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 - Dept of State (5.3.21)
the President affirmed the United States’ commitment to humanitarian values by issuing an Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions that raises the refugee admissions ceiling to 62,500 for Fiscal Year 2021
- Number of unaccompanied migrant children held by Border Patrol falls 88% in 5 weeks - CBS News (5.3.21)
- Biden task force to arrange reunifications of 4 migrant families separated under Trump, and they could be the first of "many" - CBS News (5.3.21)
- Chula Vista plans phase reopenings:
...launching phased reopening of City facilities. Starting May 5, we will reopen City Hall, as well as Montevalle, Veterans and Otay Recreation Centers, Norman Park Senior Center, Civic Center Library and the Animal Care Facility. We will follow public health guidelines including limiting capacity in buildings and requiring mask wearing, social distancing and other safety measures.
- Southern Fire Reminds Residents to Take Action Before Fire Strikes - County News Center (5.3.21)
- WHO Director-General COVID-19 Media Briefing on 3 May:
- Earlier today, the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced the end of the most recent Ebola outbreak, three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu.
- More cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally in the past two weeks than during the first six months of the pandemic. India and Brazil account for more than half of last week’s cases.
- Sweden will donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to COVAX, which follows similar donations by France, New Zealand and Norway, with positive signs from some other countries.
- The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator currently faces a funding gap of 19 billion US dollars, and we estimate that we will need a further 35 to 45 billion dollars next year to vaccinate most adults around the world. The G7 countries could mobilize a substantial portion of these funds themselves, and lead a global effort to accelerate vaccination around the world
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 9:20pm 5.3.21):
- 153,193,587 Known Cases
- 3,210,123 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- 32,470,920 Cases
- 577,500 Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- +32,452 New Cases/32,228,003 Known Cases
- +423 New Deaths/574,220 Known Deaths
- 312,509,575 Doses Delivered/246,780,203 Doses Administered
- Moderna 131,844,200 delivered/107,155,797 administered/43,611,912 Fully Vaccinated
- Pfizer 162,201,975 delivered/131,030,537 administered/53,526,923 Fully Vaccinated
- Janssen 18,463,400 delivered/8,409,505 administered/8,338,745 Fully Vaccinated
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 0.89
- R-effective: 31.3%
- 38,560,120 Doses Delivered/30,501,711 Doses Administered
- 6,170,953 Partially Vaccinated/12,859,120 Fully Vaccinated
- 1,512 New Cases/3,643,992 Total Cases (4.2 new cases/100k)
- 15 New Deaths/60,763 Total Deaths (0.06 new deaths/100k)
- 1.1% 7-day test positivity rate
- 1,941 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-1 patients, -0.1% from prior day)
- 433 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+16 patients, +3.8% from prior day)
- 2,409 ICU beds available (+92 from prior day)
- San Diego County
- State Data:
- Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 33.0%
- R-effective: 0.86
- 154 New Cases/276,521 Total Cases
- 6 Deaths/3,712 Total Deaths
- 6.4 cases/100k population (Assessed on 4/27. Unadjusted Case Rate)
- 2.3% Test Positivity (Assessed on 4/27)
- 3.0% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 4/27)
- 153 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+6 patients, +4.1% from prior day)
- 39 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+1 patients, +2.6% from prior day)
- 245 ICU beds available (+3 from prior day)
- County Data:
- San Diego County Update - County News Center
- 172 New Cases/276,692 Total Cases
- 0 New Daily Deaths/3,712 Total Deaths
- 3,038,735 Doses Received/2,830,008 Doses Administered
- 1,503,705 Partially Vaccinated/1,086,420 Fully Vaccinated
- 3% Daily Test Positivity/1.9% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/1.5% Test Positivity (14-day average)
- 6.2 cases/100k population (Assessed on 4/27. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.)
- 96.8% Case Investigation
- -6% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (133 patients. -23% over 30 days)
- 36% ICU Capacity (40 patients. -23% over 30 days)
- 55 Staffed ICU Beds Available
- 0 New/18 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
|The street is undergoing massive repairs and repaving so the sea cliff is closed.|