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  1. 300 million won't get the shot. If we're lucky, 60% will. Plus I doubt many people under the age of 19 will get vaccinated immediately. I'm still hopeful that my wife and I can get vaccinated before July, however, mainly for very selfish reasons. We have a cruise booked for Oct. 2021 and final payment is due on July 29th. Granted, the cruise could be cancelled by Celebrity, BUT if we're vaccinated before that payment is due, I'll pay it. If not, then I'll assess things then. If no vaccine, then we won't cruise. I know a vaccine is not a "silver bullet", but being vaccinated will ease m
  2. This Sunday night on MSNBC, there's a show that might interest people. It's called On Assignment with Richard Engel. It's titled "The Race for the Vaccine". It starts at 10:00 PM EST/9:00 PM CST.
  3. My work laptop, of all devices, shows things perfectly. It's Win10... My own personal PC is not, nor is my phone or tablet. it's odd. I've cleared the cache and still no changes.
  4. I'm also having an issue with no small icons showing on my PC, as well as phone & tablet. I also noticed some pictures posted in comments are not showing as well, all I see is the box. I'm using Chrome if that matters.
  5. This my assumption. The vaccine is released in January. Essential workers (healthcare workers, etc.) are inoculated first, along with nursing home/senior living facilities. My February seniors and people with underlying conditions. February/March will be essential workers (teachers, etc.). End of March everyone else. I truly think by the time summer hits, the people who need it will have it and the people who want it will be most inoculated. I suspect about 40% of the population will ignore it and assume they're "invulnerable" to the virus.
  6. As someone who has owned ferrets and is quite active in the local ferret shelter, that story appalls me. Cures need to be found, but that is truly bothersome.
  7. Honestly, I think you're on the cusp. It depends if there's a vaccine out by then, actually one out for months prior to your cruise. Granted, way too many people are going to refuse to get the shot, but we shall see.
  8. YOU did not, that article is offensive, IMO. I didn't mean to "shoot the messenger".
  9. No, and it's sheer idiocy to think that they would. However, this is possible good news: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/30/its-possible-the-race-to-approve-a-covid-vaccine-by-christmas
  10. I found this to be highly interesting: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/27/covid-vaccine-uk-oxford-university-astrazeneca-works-in-all-ages-trials-suggest
  11. This is very promising news, especially for older people: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/26/oxford-astrazeneca-coronavirus-vaccine-reportedly-triggers-immune-response-among-adults-.html
  12. 60% is better than expected. The expected was 50%. Under the circumstances, it's pretty amazing.
  13. Why so negative about actual science being discussed? Especially when it's affecting cruising and vacations in general. One would think trying to ignore the science is a bad thing...
  14. Facebook and Instagram make up their own rules as to what they allow. No such thing as freedom of speech with them anyway.
  15. Agreed about free speech, but these are advertisements, which are somewhat less protected. if it's determined that these ads are "deceptive", then they should be banned.
  16. My suspicion is they will not sail at 100% capacity. At most it'll be 75%, but possibly as low as 60%. That way they can easily separate people in the dining room. No more large groups at tables though.
  17. That's extremely pessimistic. Granted, they may never return to pre-Covid levels even when it's under control and the majority of the people are vaccinated. (Yeah, a pipe dream.) People for the next few years, for most part, will probably quite reluctant to fly. Who knows? As far as the original question: I'm not giving up. I have a cruise booked for next October. My final payment is due on July 29th, so we should definitely know by then if there's a viable vaccine or not. If no vaccine, I cancel. It's that simple. I'll re-evaluate from there then.
  18. In all honesty, I doubt that cruise goes this year. IMO, cruising isn't happening until, at the earliest, March 2021. That's based on the assumption of the vaccine is out by late December (which is what many doctors, including Fauci, have guessed it to be). Either you cancel it on your own (if you can get a full refund right now) or wait it out to see what happens.
  19. Maybe I missed it, but I found this to be interesting: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/dr-fauci-says-heres-normality-111021867.html Especially this quote: "I feel cautiously optimistic… given the preliminary data we had in the early phase of the trial and some of the animal studies, that we will have a vaccine that is effective," Fauci told ITV News on Friday. "How effective it is going to be, is totally an open question but we believe we'll have some kind of an effective vaccine by November or December, we're hoping. "But we have to say for hon
  20. Yes it will be! Because by then things will be set in place to make sure it is.
  21. I have luggage tags for that. However, to get that info you need to pull out the name card to read it. It's not facing forward for all to see.
  22. I agree with so much of what you've said, but herd immunity will never occur with this virus. About 70% of the population needs to be infected for that to happen (opinions differ on that percentage, but it's generally held that 50-90% needs to be infected). Then we're talking approximately 6.8 million people dead in the US to achieve it. Not worth the cost, IMO. We desperately need a viable vaccine (or two or three...) to be used by the majority of the population. We need to keep wearing masks, maintain that distancing, act responsibly (not only for yourself, but for others yo
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