Approval Rating

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Clay Bennett)

In other news, at least 97,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July according to a review from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association. Time for school, right?

Meanwhile, American business bankruptcies are on track to hit a 10-year high with over 424 bankruptcies so far this year.

Finally, Russia has approved a coronavirus vaccine, but the vaccine has hardly been tested at all.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism and unease because the shots have only been studied in dozens of people. [...]

However, scientists in Russia and other countries sounded an alarm, saying that rushing to offer the vaccine before final-stage testing could backfire. What’s called a Phase 3 trial — which involves tens of thousands of people and can take months — is the only way to prove if an experimental vaccine is safe and really works.

By comparison, vaccines entering final-stage testing in the U.S. require studies of 30,000 people each. Two vaccine candidates already have begun those huge studies, with three more set to get underway by fall.

What could go wrong?

On another note, I'm thrilled that Biden chose Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. She was my first choice in the Democratic primary.

  • Draxiar

    Joe certainly read the room correctly in his choice of Kamala Harris. Good work, Joe. I doubted his candidacy in the beginning of the election cycle in what seems like 15 years ago. My doubts waned when Warren dropped out and and he became the presumptive nominee. Now my confidence is ironclad.

  • muselet

    Without knowing, I’m going to guess the Russian coronavirus vaccine is equal parts borscht and bootleg vodka. Hard pass.

    I’m content with Kamal Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate. She’s going to take a lot of flak from the usual suspects—as would any of the candidates—but the Trump campaign, at least, hasn’t the first clue how to attack her: the rapid-response video out of the White House was generic be very afraid! of the radical leftist agenda! Ho-hum. (What’s the over/under on when Donald Trump doesn’t stop himself from using the “n”-word?)


  • b2blog

    My daughter expressed the same thing I felt at hearing Kamala’s pick … a bit of joy that something went right, and for the good, in the world (today, this week, this month, this year?) I hope this feeling is more universal.