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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Unfortunately, I predict in 8 to 12 weeks the global 4th wave hits the US hard. We need more vaccine ASAP. We are in the eye if the storm, in my opinion. I respectfully disagree with your prediction. 1) We have now seen that there is a strong seasonal variation with this virus. 2) Vaccinations cont...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 7741

Re: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

~*SPOILER ALERT*~ This is slightly off-topic but I don't know if it's really needed to put up a spoiler warning for a movie that premiered over 25 years ago and where multiple sources have discussed said scene without warnings (I remember watching a documentary as a kid that mentioned said scene an...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Big picture is excess deaths are falling fast!!! https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm Vaccines are working. :hyper: Wow, they are well below seasonal norms. I guess it makes sense because there's almost no flu this year and also, I guess that a lot of the people who would ha...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 7741

Re: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

When pressed, she stated that "most movies with an elevator scene are inaccurate. That's hilarious. Of course, it never occurred to me, but there are people who are experts on elevators and the movies, being the movies, probably get that stuff wrong all the time and the rest of us who have nev...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 55
Views: 2946

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

AeroVega wrote:
I already voted today. My vote went to the party animals.


Is that De Feestpartij that petertenthije referenced?

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 55
Views: 2946

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

Question: How many questions are on a Dutch ballot? Is it just a single vote for your local representative?

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 7741

707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

~*SPOILER ALERT*~ For those who have not seen this 1994 movie. In the 1994 movie Speed , the final "chase scene" of the movie culminates with the bomb-laden bus crashing into a 707 under tow. The resulting explosion was a cinematic masterpiece, especially in an era before extensive CGI. P...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: what kind of process does a company have to do when she's working on a new livery?
Replies: 25
Views: 2612

Re: what kind of process does a company have to do when she's working on a new livery?

Starlionblue wrote:
I don't think anyone will paint an actual aircraft with a test livery.


NW did:

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

DocLightning wrote:
In addition, in Israel, the B.1.117 variant


Forgive me: B.1.1.7

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are your favorite pens (writing)?
Replies: 30
Views: 1327

Re: What are your favorite pens (writing)?

I use a Parker at work.

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

It is a grand experiment which had a change of succeeding if they continued with vaccinations and restrictions at the same time. It's a pity that they're going to put everything in jeopardy by opening too soon, but Israel is doing us all a big favor because at the expense of their own population, t...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2736

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

Pre-pandemic, I flew on a TG 744 from BKK-HKT. Boarding took almost as long as the flight.

It was also my last 744 flight, and I was aware of this, so I wasn't about to complain.

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?
Replies: 36
Views: 1983

Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

All of our lights are 2700K except for a few over the mirror in the downstairs bathroom are 3000K.

Well, that and we have Hue in our bedroom, the baby's room, and my den.

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Recall of CA Governor Newsom
Replies: 38
Views: 2218

Re: Recall of CA Governor Newsom

I am not a huge Newsom fan, but I won't vote for a Republican anything right now, not after January, not after Trump. I may return a blank ballot if there isn't another democrat on it.

But I agree, he stuffed this one up badly. The party at French Laundry was an especially distasteful move.

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia Plans Order Trio - A321. 777s, 787s
Replies: 27
Views: 9282

Re: Saudia Plans Order Trio - A321. 777s, 787s

bennett123 wrote:
They may have Mecca and Medina, but who will be able to visit them?.


According to KSA government sources, vaccinated Muslims.

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia Plans Order Trio - A321. 777s, 787s
Replies: 27
Views: 9282

Re: Saudia Plans Order Trio - A321. 777s, 787s

My understanding is that KSA is planning on a major overhaul of its policies with respect to international tourists. Previoiusly, admission to the country was only granted to foreign nationals traveling for business or religious purposes. Under KSA's's "Vision 2030" program, among other ch...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

lightsaber wrote:

Getting NovaVax's factories shifted from other vaccines to 24/7 Covid19 would benefit us all.


That's easy. Novavax has no other licensed products. :mrgreen:

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

NovaVax could be cleared in May for US use (we'll trail the UK): https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/novavax-covid-19-shot-could-210647189.html This one frustrates me. Novavax's candidate showed spectacular efficacy of ~95% for the ancestral variant and 89% overall. It raises ridiculous antibody ti...

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in
Replies: 31
Views: 2228

Re: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in

A C-130 and Concorde both come to mind. I think I got to sit in the cockpit of some fighter at an air museum as a kid, but I forget what it was. Maybe an old F-4?

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1264
Views: 198091

Re: AA adding seasonal SBA-ORD

WALmsp wrote:
American Airlines will be adding Saturday/Sunday midday flights between Santa Barbara and Chicago beginning May 8 and running through September.


That's odd. I'd have predicted that this would be a more popular winter route.

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Has a Problem: The Boeing 767
Replies: 136
Views: 23292

Re: Delta Has a Problem: The Boeing 767

There is a reason they were all in on the NMA idea and haven't ordered XLRs. The issue is that there isn't a single good 763 replacement. Now, this isn't necessarily some existential problem for DL. Airlines have retired types before without a direct replacement. For example, NW was going to eventu...

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 800 wreckage to be destroyed before 25th anniversary
Replies: 59
Views: 10358

Re: TWA 800 wreckage to be destroyed before 25th anniversary

chunhimlai wrote:
Why not to produce skin tag and give them to the crews as souvenirs


A bit macabre, don't you think?

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines plans to order an additional 25 737MAX
Replies: 38
Views: 6922

Re: United Airlines plans to order an additional 25 737MAX

Seems contrary to current trends. Most airlines have been retiring as many aircraft as they can, while United decides to order more... they haven't retired as many aircraft as the other legacies either. What does United know that the others don't? Wonder how cheap they are getting these... especial...

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by DocLightning
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

lightsaber wrote:

Has anyone heard about a booster for Pfizer for the South African variant?

Lightsaber


They're working on it. Moderna shipped theirs to the NIH (I think) yesterday for testing. In truth, BNT could probably have a few vials ready to go tomorrow if they really wanted to.

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by DocLightning
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract
Replies: 37
Views: 2034

Re: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract

Why are military contractors involved in this (the previous one too), that seems a good way to pay 10 times more than necessary ? Why not look at what Amazon is doing ? Well, the requirements for the USPS are for RHD vehicles to easily access mailboxes on the curbside and be made in the USA. As far...

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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid
Replies: 139
Views: 14613

Re: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid

Naming an airport after a person is always a bad idea. You'll never know who will end up having skeletons in their closet years later. In Ashkenazi Jewish tradition, it is traditional to choose the name of someone who is no longer living for the name of a baby. Among the reasons is just that: when ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 20 years from now
Replies: 63
Views: 4480

Re: COVID-19 20 years from now

virii are much older than that. ( obviously they must be younger than active cell based organisms. but not by much :-) That's a matter of debate. One hypothesis on the origin of viruses is that they predated cellular life or may even have been the ancestors of cellular life. According to this "...

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by DocLightning
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rush Limbaugh dead at 70
Replies: 71
Views: 5243

Re: Rush Limbaugh dead at 70

Doc, were you raised Catholic with that reference to Confession ? LOL, Jewish. But yes. Mr. Limbaugh was a horrible hypocrite. He said that drug users and addicts should be "sent up the river" and then...even after suffering with addiction continued to play the moral crusader. A master hy...

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by DocLightning
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rush Limbaugh dead at 70
Replies: 71
Views: 5243

Re: Rush Limbaugh dead at 70

Go now, and sin no more, Mr. Limbaugh.

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by DocLightning
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Snow Apocalypse in Moscow
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Snow Apocalypse in Moscow

When the Russians say that it's too much snow...

...it's too much snow.

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by DocLightning
Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I'm a fan of the UK strategy to prioritize first dose Now allocate incoming vaccine for timely second doses and keep a few days worth in reserve, but not the huge amount currently withheld. If I were an evil villain trying to manipulate the vaccine strategy to literally breed a vaccine-resistant va...

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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

But he has biased pushing vaccines away from need to political allies: e.g., Longshoremen https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-ports-vaccine-idUSKBN2AC22L or private schools: https://ktla.com/news/local-news/covid-19-shots-given-to-teachers-at-upscale-private-north-hollywood-school...

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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 134
Views: 7615

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

We have Southwest Airlines we don’t need this. Have you ever tried to fly from anywhere in SoCal to SFO when it is raining, or when there is even one cloud in the sky? Instant three-hour delay. SFO has what is known as the "1-2-3" rule, which is that if there is one cloud in the sky and t...

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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 20 years from now
Replies: 63
Views: 4480

Re: COVID-19 20 years from now

OC43 spilled over from cattle around 1890 and may have been the true cause of the "Russian Flu" that killed a million people worldwide. Interestingly, both OC43 and HKU1 have furin cleavage sites. How do they establish that date? Is it more genetics, historiography, or both? The reference...

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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 20 years from now
Replies: 63
Views: 4480

Re: COVID-19 20 years from now

Instead of A and B colds, it will be A, B, and C. Lightsaber There are four endemic human "common cold" coronaviruses. Coronaviruses come in four genera (plural of "genus") called Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. The Alphas and Betas tend to infect mammals and the Gammas and Delta...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

[ Partially my concern is California has politicized vaccine distribution. My area is now a desert for the vaccine to prioritize, in my opinion, those who the governor favors (good thing this is non-Av, but I'm going off topic). SF is out of vaccine. I think there's just a supply crunch, period. I'...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PANYNJ curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment
Replies: 107
Views: 27018

Re: PA curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment

incitatus wrote:
Instead of international traffic, there is another metric that better reflects JFK's global stand: Long-haul flights. It was third in the world in 2019, behind LHR and DXB.


Not doubting, but would you please link that data? I'd be fascinated to peruse it.

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by DocLightning
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

You leave me in a dilemma. I'm good at that. :mrgreen: If two vaccines might be less effective, do I go for first available (a no brainier if mRNA) or hold off for a mRNA if the J&J is available? Go for early or effective... In my opinion, everyone needs the mRNA levels of protection in the lon...

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by DocLightning
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Funny thing is, I'm for people having a choice. These vaccines were rushed. I understand the hesitancy. I'll get one as soon as I can and then I'll get another once vaccines are in over-supply (mixing vaccines is an old trick to boost effectiveness if administered a month or more apart). A caution:...

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by DocLightning
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PANYNJ curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment
Replies: 107
Views: 27018

Re: PA curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment

"Especially in NYC where everything has to cost three times as much and run 8-12 years late." Obviously, you've not been to NY in the last 30 years. Lived there from 2005-2008. How is that Second-Avenue Subway going? Or that East Side Access to the LIRR from GCT that still isn't done even...

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by DocLightning
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PANYNJ curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment
Replies: 107
Views: 27018

Re: PA curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment

This is understandable given how airport income has nose dived, but man, it is so hard to get things started to begin with and just as hard to restart. I wish they could find a way to keep these projects going. Once things recover everyone will say 'but these facilities suck!' and it will take anot...

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by DocLightning
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Johnson and Johnson CEO says people likely will need annual Covid vaccine shots as long term immunity is unknown and the virus continues to evolve globally. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/09/covid-vaccine-jj-ceo-says-people-may-get-annual-shots-for-the-next-several-years.html I disagree with him. I t...

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by DocLightning
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 20 years from now
Replies: 63
Views: 4480

Re: COVID-19 20 years from now

They won't be asking what it was like, because the virus will still be around. If they are lucky enough to live in the west, they will get an annual coronavirus-shot to cover the latest mutations. Travel will recover, but probably with severe restrictions for the unvaccinated and requirements for P...

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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 20 years from now
Replies: 63
Views: 4480

Re: COVID-19 20 years from now

I will tell my students, and possibly my son if he chooses to study the Biological Sciences, of the incredible leaps and bounds that the field of virology made, of the revelations about the nature of coronaviruses in general and RNA viruses more broadly. I will tell them about the amazing advent of ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I have no idea what you mean by 'a normal vaccine' but if you refer to the new mRNA technology used in some covid vaccines, then the Astra Zeneca vaccine is not one of those. It is in fact a vaccine based on a tried and tested technology. To be fair, Adenovirus-vectored vaccines have never been app...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Perhaps Doc can shed some light on this (what exactly is "EXO-CD24' and how does it work?), as I have no idea what this is about. it does sound very promising though. I confess that immunology was never my strongsuit, but basically, it's another one of these immunological proteins that help to...

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by DocLightning
Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

DocLightning, you seem to have a lot of faith in the vaccines and seem to be extremely knowledgeable about them. Can you give us your timeline on where the vaccines are going to take us in the coming months and years, and when we will be freed from the pest? I think that depends on how you look at ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

As a Canadian this comes a bit late for this pandemic but is good planning for the inevitable next one. We got a hard lession regarding the PPE crisis when this all started in March and April when the US government was trying to block 3M from exporting PPE to Canada and without current vaccine manu...

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by DocLightning
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1865
Views: 118169

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I got my second shot two days ago (Moderna), and then yesterday it felt like I had the full blown flu. I'm pretty much back to feeling normal now, but I don't remember ever feeling that bad after a vaccine. You're very young. How did you manage to qualify for a dose so early in the process? And yea...

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