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  1. The Washington Post is reporting (https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/29/gilead-sciences-remdesivir-cost-coronavirus/) an even higher cost for remdisivir: Gilead Sciences, the maker of the first covid-19 treatment found to have worked in clinical trials, remdesivir, said Monday it will charge U.S. hospitals $3,120 for the typical patient with private insurance... An independent analysis last week said Gilead could recover its costs by distributing the drug for as little as $1 to $60 per dose, or $100 to $160 per dose if all of the company’s 2020 costs are taken into account. Using cost-effectiveness as the measurement, a reasonable price would be $310 per dose, said the analysis, by the nonprofit Institute for Economic and Clinical Review. Under yesterday’s pricing, Gilead set the price at $520 per dose in the United States and $390 per dose in other developed countries. Gilead said six doses are required, while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it was using an average of 6.25 vials in its estimated costs for hospitals.
  2. The positive testing results are rising dramatically. From today's Sun-Sentinel: In the latest results, received by the state on Tuesday and reported Wednesday, 20% of the 27,602 people swabbed statewide tested positive. That’s higher than Tuesday, when 14.1% of 23,298 tests were positive. Four weeks ago, on May 27, 3.7% of the 10,351 tests reported that day were positive.
  3. The Fort Lauderdale airport is within sight of Port Everglades. If a driver takes 30 minutes to get there you have been taken for a ride! 😂
  4. Not surprising then. Princess should adjust the arrival times on those voyages and add at least 3 hours to the usual disembarkation schedule.
  5. Out of curiosity - was this on a returning Trans Atlantic cruise? Those are the cruises that are more or less guaranteed to have delayed disembarkations due to immigration clearances for crew and US government inspections of any ship that has been outside the US for a season or more. Princess has gotten better about notifying embarking passengers in advance in the last few years but I don't think they do the same with disembarking passengers (or at least they didn't on our TA that arrived in early November 2017).
  6. Remember that ships can (luckily infrequently) arrive late and Customs and Border Control agents can be understaffed leading to long, slow lines so those arrival and disembarkation times are not absolutely set in stone.
  7. If you're ever in the vicinity of Mt. St. Helens we highly recommend a visit. We did it as a ship's excursion from Astoria, Oregon on an LA to Vancouver coastal cruise. The scenery - even 40 years later - is other worldly and the visitors center is excellent.
  8. A summit flight over Denali (when on an Alaska cruise tour) was the most memorable excursion we've ever taken. The best DIY excursion was the 2 days and 2 nights we spent at Iguassu Falls after disembarking a cruise in Rio de Janeiro. Other excellent excursions include an evening (5 pm to midnight IIRC) excursion that involved transfer to small boat and then transfer to a canoe to a rain forest camp in the Amazon for a hike and dinner (and then a return to the cruise ship via canoe and small boat), Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands, and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on a gorgeous evening.
  9. According to a March 13th article in The Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2020/03/time-capsule-2-exceptional-dr-fauci/607957/) the president wouldn't have the ability to replace him at NIH but I think you are correct about his spot on the task force (which wasn't addressed in the article). To the best of my knowledge, though, directors of NIH institutes, like Fauci, serve “at the pleasure of the president” and so could be removed. If I’m wrong on that, will update. Update: Several NIH veterans have written in to say that Fauci’s position is officially different from that of the NIH director, and is not directly a presidential-political appointment. A MotherJones article last month (https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/trump-fauci-coronavirus/) stated that removing Dr. Fauci from the task force is within Trump's purview but removing him from NIH would be a more complicated process. Fauci, according to the NIAID, is a “Title 42” employee. That’s a special federal employment category for scientists and specialized consultants who work mostly in the Health and Human Services Department or the Environmental Protection Agency. While they don’t have normal civil service protections, they can only be fired through a specific process. “There would have to be cause,” said William Wiley, a former chief counsel to the chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial federal agency that hears federal employment disputes. “He would have to be fired for a valid reason.” Federal workplace law experts also noted that Trump himself can’t fire Fauci, who is not a presidential appointee. Katz said Trump would need to instruct one of Fauci’s nominal bosses, HHS Secretary Alex Azar or National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, to remove him. At least in theory, they could refuse.
  10. It isn't union affiliation that protects career employees; it is civil service protections.
  11. Not that young. The woman interviewed is a 40 year old health care worker (who definitely should have known better). https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/06/15/woman-15-friends-test-positive-for-coronavirus-after-night-out-at-lynchs/
  12. I interpreted 'plan' as 'intend' which is a synonym. But since neither of us is the CEO or spokesperson of Carnival we don't know what meaning they meant to convey do we?
  13. When the excess deaths (initial reports are that the numbers are high) during this period are analyzed the death rates will be even higher.
  14. I think the original Fettuccine Alfredo in the parmigiano bowl was so much better than the current version! We started sailing on Princess in 2007 and the original 10 course meal in Sabatinis was history within a couple of years and I totally forgot about it until your posting. It was wonderful! Too much to eat if you had eaten anything at all that day but the dishes were great. We had lived in Italy for 5 years and were impressed.
  15. Wrong - and how inconvenient for you! Please do some research before spreading easily debunked conspiracy theories. From PolitiFact (https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/may/12/jerome-corsi/conspiracy-theorist-spreads-false-claim-about-fauc/) Jerome Corsi, a conservative author and conspiracy theorist (including Obama's birth certificate conspiracy), wrote on his blog that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s name appears on four patents for a protein linked to the novel coronavirus. Three of the patents Corsi cited are active. They deal with a potential treatment for HIV and are owned by the Department of Health and Human Services. There is no credible evidence that COVID-19 is related to HIV or was created in a lab. The coronavirus’ genetic makeup precludes the possibility that it was man-made. Here are other sources debunking Dr. Fauci conspiracies: https://www.statesman.com/news/20200416/fact-check-does-anthony-fauci-have-millions-invested-in-coronavirus-vaccine https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/05/14/fact-check-anthony-fauci-bill-gates-wont-profit-remdesivir/3120063001/ https://www.factcheck.org/2020/05/fauci-didnt-invent-wont-profit-from-remdesivir/
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