Let’s appreciate how extraordinary the vaccines are

It’s not hard to paint a bleak picture of America’s battle with COVID-19. Cases are surging around the country, including in areas that suffered badly during the first wave. Nor is it a mere artifact of better testing; sewage data from Massachusetts, for example, indicates that the actual prevalence of the virus is comparable to where it was in the worst days of April, and still rising. Nationally, deaths have surpassed a quarter of a million, which is likely a significant underestimate. Hospitals are being stressed to the breaking point, and since the current wave is truly national in scope, there’s no way for volunteers to bolster hard-hit areas as… Read More

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Democrats’ COVID totemism

As I write this, it is illegal throughout the United Kingdom to have a drink in a pub, to sit in a café, or to meet with a neighbor in your own garden unless he or she is a member of what government officials, with apparently straight faces, define as a “support bubble.” Despite reassurances made by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, it is also illegal to enter a church. Among the few legally approved reasons for travel of any kind is going abroad to commit suicide. (Apparently the black plague stalking the land is not lethal enough.) Things are not quite this bad in much of the United States,… Read More

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