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Far too late. Moderna turned in data weeks ago, and their press release with topline numbers was 3 monthsa go, and the FDA said they couldn't even confirm what day they'd meet to discuss it. Now that Pfizer has topline numbers, the FDA announces dates for both vaccines. Not a great look. Also, after all this time, Pfizer's study had a tiny number of positive cases. In the meantime, we have results of a German study of kids who got the vaccines off label, no difference from kids getting it on-label.
Previous statements like this have gotten walked back, and the White House's official line is that this isn't a change in policy. My only worry is that statements from the president are necessarily less reliable as a way for other powers to make long term decisions, ideally an actual announcement of a change in policy would be from the legislature rather than an off the cuff remark.
Hitting Russia's GDP isn't the goal, stopping their ability to wage war is.
Andrew Prokop comments on this new column, saying Yglesias' most controversial articles are "attempts to apply consequentialist reasoning in a way that offends people’s moral intuitions or social norms"
I love this little tidbit that the Death Star trench, a significant plot point, came about because of a mistake in the process of constructing the model.
Since I was wondering, I looked up private planes, they're a bit over one death per billion passenger miles. For bikes (in the US) it's 79 deaths per billion passenger miles, in the Netherlands, it's 18 per billion passenger miles. Hopefully the exercise adds
• Thread regarding the similarities between vaccine approvals and formula shortages: institutional mismatch. The agency responsibilities don't quite match the societal needs.
• A long thread considering the pros and cons of Biden's statement that the US would defend Taiwan.
• While Russia's GDP is getting hit hard, they actually made some progress against Ukraine in the last week.