Here in the
US, we continue to suffer from the inadequacies of a White House well
past it use-by date, and not known for its appreciation of
scientific-based procedures for controlling the spread of such a
virulent disease. Most of California recently transitioned into a
Governor-mandated Purple Tier, with an uncompromising stay-at-home
strategy. Vaccines should be available soon, now that the US Food & Drug
Administration’s Vaccines Advisory Committee recommended that Pfizer’s
COVID-19 vaccine be approved for emergency use and, reportedly, which
will trigger a major distribution effort; hospitals are said to be in
standby mode, expecting a green light from the FDA.
Back in October, the FDA approved the antiviral drug Veklury – also
known as Remdesivir - for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years
of age and older and weighing at least 40 kg (88 pounds) for the
treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury was the first
treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval; clinical trials to
assess its safety and efficacy in the pediatric patient population are
Day-to-day life for seniors like me involves as little contact with
non-family members as possible. I enjoy power walks around my local
neighborhood four times a week, covering maybe 2.5 miles in 45 minutes.
I use stores very sparingly, and never if they are crowded; deliver
services such as GrubHub are life-savers.
I also journey once or twice a week to my favorite pub, The Robin
Hood in Sherman Oaks, some seven mile west of here. Until the recent
lock-down, the outdoor seating was open for lunch and dinner; I often
enjoyed eggs, bacon and chips there in the early afternoon. Now I order
takeout of the weekly specials or old regulars such as bangers&mash or
shepherd’s pie; old habits – and food tastes, it would seem – die hard.
In conclusion, I remain excited at the promise of a new president
and VP, who look set to hit the ground running after the January 20
investiture of the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris partnership. Also, I have
just finished viewing the fourth series of “The Queen,” which, quite
frankly, reminded me of what I do not miss about the UK. A final scene
between Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Diane, Princess of Wales,
during which the latter commiserates with the former about being
“outsiders,’ was particularly revealing of the internal, albeit
dysfunctional, workings of the Monarchy.
And here, just for grins, are two, slightly altered book covers I
found on Facebook.