Recent upward trends in cases and deaths seem to reflect virus transmission tied to holiday gatherings.
He will count on future production to provide second doses.
The government must move quickly to approve a one-dose regimen for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Ramp up the vaccinations now!
It's not clear how long those hopeful trends will continue.
Centralization makes sense only if you ignore differences in local conditions—and trust the feds to make the right choices.
So why doesn't it?
A year into the pandemic, politicians still have not digested the dangers of careless public health measures.
The evidence is limited and mixed, but data from New York, Minnesota, and California suggest that restaurants there account for a small share of infections.
California Judge Blocks Enforcement of State and Local Bans on Restaurant Dining in San Diego County
The decision says the government failed to present any evidence of virus transmission in restaurants that follow COVID-19 precautions.
We could double the number of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.
SCOTUS Declines To Let Kentucky Religious Schools Reopen Without Addressing the Constitutionality of Closing Them
The justices emphasized that K-12 schools are currently scheduled to reopen after winter break.
Way late, but better than never.
Now we wait for the FDA to get around to approving it later this week.
California's Health Secretary Concedes There Is No Empirical Basis for the State's Ban on Outdoor Dining
The ban is "not a comment on the relative safety of outdoor dining," Mark Ghaly says, but part of the effort to keep people from leaving home.
San Mateo County Health Officer Scott Morrow, who supported last spring's stay-at-home orders, airs his misgivings about reviving that policy.
It's not like we're in the middle of a pandemic or anything, right?
Paul Krugman Thinks Holding Religious Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Like 'Dumping Neurotoxins Into Public Reservoirs'
The New York Times columnist misconstrues the issues at stake in the challenge to New York's restrictions on houses of worship.
SCOTUS Blocks New York's COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship, Saying They Are Not 'Narrowly Tailored'
Gov. Andrew Cuomo described his policy as a "fear-driven response," cut by a "hatchet" rather than a "scalpel."
By arbitrarily foreclosing relatively safe social and recreational options, politicians encourage defiance, resentment, and riskier substitutes.
Blood test study finds that only about 10 percent of Americans are immune to the virus.
After violating his own rules, California's governor offers deceitful excuses and announces new restrictions for the little people.
A New Prevalence Estimate Suggests the COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rate in Texas Is Roughly 0.4 Percent
That makes the disease much deadlier than the seasonal flu but not nearly as deadly as modelers initially assumed.
The case gives SCOTUS another chance to enforce constitutional limits on disease control measures.
Arbitrary COVID-19 Control Measures Will Not Make Americans More Likely To 'Hang in There' Until Vaccines Are Available
Legal responses to this fall's surge in new cases, like last spring's lockdowns, are frequently illogical and unscientific.
Justice Samuel Alito Highlights the Legal Issues Raised by 'Previously Unimaginable' COVID-19 Restrictions
When "fundamental rights are restricted" during an emergency, he says, the courts "cannot close their eyes."
So far the president-elect's "expectation" is off by a factor of more than three, which does not bode well for his approach to the pandemic.
Peaks and valleys, a fall peak, or a slow burn?
Even after adjusting for age and comorbidities, researchers in New York and England found large improvements in patient survival.
That claim is wildly implausible and contradicted by the president's suggestion that COVID-19 was never much of a threat.
The president claims success based on a completely implausible worst-case scenario, while his opponent projects more than 3,700 deaths a day.
That is much lower than the toll from unintentional injuries, cancer, or heart disease but higher than the loss attributed to suicide or homicide.
The findings suggest that people infected in Connecticut were 10 times as likely to die as people infected in Utah or Oregon.
Two courts say COVID-19 lockdowns in Michigan and Pennsylvania were unconstitutional.
Both sides in the debate about face masks make claims that are not justified by the scientific evidence.
In younger age groups, the estimated risk is substantially lower than the overall IFR for the seasonal flu.
And is their luck running out?
If only that signaled a broader respect for legal limits on executive power.
Suggesting That Face Masks Are More Effective Than Vaccines, the CDC's Director Exemplifies the Propaganda That Discourages People From Wearing Them
Government officials think Americans can't handle the truth, an assumption that tends to backfire.
The COVID-19 Death Toll Is Rising Much Faster in the U.S. Than in Sweden, Which Now Has Fewer Deaths Per Capita
The trends suggest that Sweden's less restrictive policy has been more successful at reducing fatal outcomes.
A week after being sued over his arbitrary COVID-19 policy, Gov. Charlie Baker says he will allow arcades to reopen.
A federal lawsuit argues that the distinction drawn by Massachusetts is unconstitutional.
If the goal is minimizing the death toll over the long run, it is too soon to say.