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So apparently half of Melbourne thought that they could go protest, and then sip their chai almond lattes like the problem was done and dusted, and now a bunch of the state is back in lockdown. Geniuses. State borders are reopening to certain locations, so we're being encouraged to travel regionally. Time will tell if that is a good idea or not.

Aussies are allowed back into the EU, so there's that. But we're not allowed out of Australia yet.
 

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First wave = large cities and coasts, second wave = towns and “flyover country”?
Indeed. The three most southwestern counties in Missouri, of which I live in the northern most, has seen a HUGE spike in the last few weeks. Owing mostly to poultry processing plants.
 

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If you fly, chance of getting trapped in a lock down and will insurance cover that or if you get sick?
I'm sure there are plenty of insurers who will be rewriting their travel cover policies as a result of this. Cover will certainly get more expensive.
It will be interesting to read the coverage next time I have to take out a policy.
 

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https://www.mlive.com/public-intere...restricting-travel-to-due-to-coronavirus.html

Michigan one of 3 states U.S. military is restricting travel to due to coronavirus


Michigan is one of three states in which U.S. servicemen and women are barred from traveling to and from at this time due to increases in COVID-19 cases and/or positive tests.

The Midwest state joins California and Florida as the only other states that haven’t been given green status for personnel travel, according to a June 29 memo from the U.S. Department of Defense.

In order for a state to be cleared of DoD travel restrictions, it must remove its shelter-in-place orders or other travel restrictions, report a 14-day downward trajectory of flu-like and COVID-19-like symptoms, and report a 14-day downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases or positive tests.


A spokesperson for the department said the three states not included on the list had not met the three-part criteria, as of Monday. The list is updated weekly.


But according to data from Johns Hopkins, several states have recently reported larger increases in new cases per 100,000 people per day than Michigan, including Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. Those states are considered green locations, meaning service personnel can travel freely there.


Michigan has seen a recent uptick in the number of new cases per day, with the seven-day moving average reaching 320 this week -- two weeks after the state was seeing 155 new cases per day. Since the start of the pandemic, Michigan has reported 63,870 known cases of COVID-19 and 5,947 deaths linked to the infectious respiratory illness.


Ah yes, Military Intelligence! Don't go to the State that has done a decent job and is still in a bit of a cautious mode, but feel free to go to one of several states that just threw caution to the wind and opened back up....

Seriously though, go see stuff in your own state and limit the spread.
 

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This is why we need a comprehensive national response rather than this patchwork thing we have going on now.
 

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After a lot of lofty-worded press releases and social media posts from US and Chinese biotech startups, Pfizer comes in guns blazing with full early covid vaccine trial data in a proper scientific paper.

Now, I don't know shit about this kind of research so I won't bother to read it myself and rather quote Derek Lowe, Science Mag's very opinionated drug development blogger:
"I agree with the paper’s conclusion, which says that its findings “are encouraging and strongly support accelerated clinical development and at-risk manufacturing“. So far, so good, and remember, these folks have three more mRNA vaccines coming along simultaneously."

For those who do not follow the vaccine race closely, Pfizer has refused money from the Trump administration and instead ponied up one billion dollars from their own money to push four vaccine candidates developed by a German biotech firm into clinical testing, with a stated goal of go-to-market (for profit) in Q4/2020. Many analysts both from the finance and research sector believe this is the best chance we have for an early vaccince being available at worldwide scale (Pfizer claims "several billion" doses within 2021), since other project by pharma companies like GSK or Merck are six months or so behind and the smaller efforts can't provided the production ramp-up of a pharma behemoth.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration (as well as to a smaller degree the EU) are funding half a dozen other vaccine initiatives with the goal of an at-cost (not for profit) go to market in late 2020 and early 2021, as well. Given the Trump administration's "America first" move of buying the whole worldwide production of the only approved drug against covid for the next three months with no intent of sharing it with the world, anything coming out of these programs will probably end up in political crossfire.

And finally, the Chinese have a bunch of vaccine candidates in early testing which they say they want to share with the world - but which the Trump administration said they will never touch, so this would not benefit Americans.
 
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