Archive for January 21st, 2021

VAX: Amazon to the rescue?

January 21, 2021

Everybody has probably read the headline:


My first reaction: yippee!

I had an immediate vision of ordering a vax dose on Prime, scheduling my 2-day (or next day) delivery, getting a text message that I was the next stop for one of Amazon’s ubiquitous “last mile” vans, having a certified vaccinator jump out of the van, inoculate me (and my wife), and then speed off in the van.

Then I read the actual letter that Amazon send Pres. Biden and my enthusiasm waned a bit.

After the salutation and a vague offer to help, Amazon’s worldwide retail CEO got to the point.

To summarily paraphrase…

Declare Amazon’s  800,000 employees “essential workers” and get us enough vaccine to inoculate them… which we’ll do: at our sites, using a 3rd party vaccinator.

Then, the rest of the quid pro quo…


Jan. 21: COVID Data Dashboard

January 21, 2021

Vaccinations: U.S. Total
Doses Distributed    36.0 MM
Doses Inoculated    16.5 MM
% Pop Vaxed           5.0 %
Current Day Shots    900 K
7-day average          817 K

Source: CDC   Updated: 1/20/2021

415,558 Deaths-to-Date

4,008 Daily New Deaths  (peak 4,100 Jan. 12)
> 7-day average 3,136      (peak 3,446 Jan. 14)


Confirmed Cases
179,034 New Cases
> 7-day average  189,240

Currently Hospitalized
 Current level
> 7-day average 126,395