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(08/01/2021)

-COVID Update, January 8, 2020: Strange Days

COVID Update, January 8, 2020: Strange Days

It's been one of the strangest weeks in American history, with the eyes of the world riveted on (and appalled by) the spectacle of hooligans invading and defiling the US Capitol. But as we pick up the pieces and debates rage about ...More

(05/01/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, December 22, 2020: Progress

COVID-19 Update, December 22, 2020: Progress

We still have plenty of problems, and the spread of COVID-19 continues at an unacceptable rate, but at last, we're seeing progress on several fronts. The admittedly inadequate pandemic relief bill will help many during the holidays and ...More

(05/01/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, December 23, 2020: Hold Your Horses

COVID-19 Update, December 23, 2020: Hold Your Horses

Nothing is simple: Just when Congress finally -- finally -- passed a bill with the minimum of relief the pandemic-struck country needs, the president -- who was disengaged during negotiations -- decides that the included stimulus ...More

(21/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 21, 2020: Turning Point

COVID-19 Update, December 21, 2020: Turning Point

At last, Congress pulls it together and passes a pandemic relief bill. No, it is not perfect: It includes the Save Our Stages Act, which is important, but not the RESTART Act, which is crucial. But the work will continue in the new year ...More

(18/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 18, 2020: Christmas Wishes

COVID-19 Update, December 18, 2020: Christmas Wishes

Hopes are high for a pandemic relief bill from a newly motivated Congress, even if both sides have had to make painful concessions to get there. It's just a down payment, of course, and more will be needed in 2021, but at least people ...More

(17/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 17, 2020: Going Down to the Wire

COVID-19 Update, December 17, 2020: Going Down to the Wire

It's going to be a squeaker, but it appears that both sides are coming together to provide pandemic relief. Meanwhile, hospitals everywhere are hard-hit, no more so than in California, which things are rapidly turning chaotic. The big ...More

(16/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 16, 2020: In the Tunnel

COVID-19 Update: December 16, 2020: In the Tunnel

As Governor Gavin Newsom has remarked, there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but we're still in the tunnel. The good news is, real movement finally appears to be happening on the pandemic relief front, in part because of the ...More

(15/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 15, 2020: And Now Moderna

COVID-19 Update: December 15, 2020: And Now Moderna

Events are beginning to pick up the pace: As the Pfizer vaccine rolls out nationwide, the FDA signs off on the efficacy of the Moderna vaccine; as soon as the expected FDA signoff happens, we'll have new weapons in the armory. Meanwhile, ...More

(14/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 14, 2020: The Big Rollout Begins

COVID-19 Update: December 14, 2020: The Big Rollout Begins

And we're off: The Pfizer vaccines are being delivered around the country and the first vaccinations begin. It might be irrational exuberance but HHS' Alex Azar thinks healthy Americans will be start getting vaccinated by late February; ...More

(11/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 11, 2020: Help is On the Way

COVID-19 Update, December 11, 2020: Help is On the Way

The Pfizer vaccine is racing through the approval process in the US, with the first vaccines due to arrive in certain cities as early as the beginning of next week. And not a moment too soon: The next 60 days are likely to be the most ...More

(10/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 10, 2020: The Deadliest Day

COVID-19 Update, December 10, 2020:  The Deadliest Day

Winter is here: The US hits a new high in daily COVID-19 deaths; let's hope this headline doesn't go out of date. The stress is being felt everywhere, in devastated communities, soaring unemployment, stressed-out healthcare workers, and ...More

(09/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 9, 2020: The Global Rollout

COVID-19 Update, December 9, 2020: The Global Rollout

It was, according to the headline in the New York Daily News, "the shot felt round the world," as the UK kicked off what will become global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. (The New York Post, noting that the first man to get ...More

(08/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 8: V-Day in the UK

COVID-19 Update, December 8: V-Day in the UK

The global rollout begins: The first vaccines are administered in the UK, raising hopes worldwide for a better 2021. (The first recipient is named Margaret Keenan; the first man to receive it is named William Shakespeare; we swear we ...More

(07/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 7, 2020: Pandemic Fatigue

COVID-19 Update, December 7, 2020: Pandemic Fatigue

It's been a long time since March and the strain is showing. The coronavirus is running rampant through the US, ravaging small towns and putting most of California under lockdown. No word yet from Congress about urgently needed stimulus ...More

(04/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 4, 2020: Inching Toward Stimulus

COVID-19 Update: December 4, 2020: Inching Toward Stimulus

As we zero in on the end of the year and benefits run out, attention turns getting a stimulus bill strong enough to prop up the economy until vaccines can be widely distributed. A new jobs report underscores just how dire the situation ...More

(03/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 3, 2020: The Beginning of the End

COVID-19 Update, December 3, 2020: The Beginning of the End

Vaccines are in the pipeline and deliveries are being planned. The effect of this is everywhere as arts-related businesses begin to look to the future. It truly feels as if our long global nightmare is coming to a conclusion. But there's ...More

(02/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 2, 2020: Time for Triage

COVID-19 Update: December 2, 2020: Time for Triage

"It's the beginning of the end," says a representative from Pfizer, as its vaccine gets approved in the UK, with other countries -- including the US -- certain to quickly follow. Now new questions are posed: Who will get the vaccine ...More

(01/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 1, 2020: The Darkness Before the Dawn

COVID-19 Update: December 1, 2020: The Darkness Before the Dawn

As the holiday season begins, we face a paradox. Hopes for the end of the pandemic are higher than ever but the immediate future is startlingly bleak. The current administration has checked out on the pandemic and the incoming ...More

(30/11/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: November 30, 2020: A Surge Upon a Surge

COVID-19 Update: November 30, 2020: A Surge Upon a Surge

The words above are those of Dr. Anthony Fauci who predicts the next few weeks will be among the most challenging of the pandemic. Still, there are reasons to hope: Moderna will apply for emergency authorization for its coronavirus ...More

(25/11/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, November 25, 2020: Thanksgiving Approaches

COVID-19 Update, November 25, 2020: Thanksgiving Approaches

COVID-19 Update, November25, 2020: Thanksgiving Approaches Thanksgiving is upon us, offering plenty of reason to hope again. But there's still the holiday season to get through and the COVID-19 numbers aren't encouraging at the moment. ...More

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