A Pandemic Update: The Variant and the Vaccine Rollout

How the new COVID-19 variant works.

(Monday, Jan. 11)

Another day, more coronavirus news. If you have been following recent events in the saga of the coronavirus, two major stories have been the new variant of the virus that is evidently not more lethal, but much more transmittable, and how the vaccination rollout has been slow compared to the early projections. 

Both of these topics are included in The Daily podcast: "A Pandemic Update: The Variant and the Vaccine Rollout."

The difference in vaccine plans is significant from state to state. New York and Florida are compared in the podcast. And then there is this: My brother-in-law got his vaccination at the clinic where they get their primary medical care. An email was sent to him indicating he could make an appointment and come in and get his vaccination. He had to wait about 15 minutes before getting his shot and then another 15 to monitor for vaccine reactions. While there, he made an appointment for his wife to get her first shot. For the record, it was the Pfizer vaccine. 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.