Approval Rating

Written by SK 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.