The FDA has approved updated COVID-19 vaccines. The shots replace combination vaccines that mixed protection against the original coronavirus strain and even older omicron variants.
Now, the CDC must sign off. https://t.co/vZbBhSztFp
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 11, 2023
Right on predicted schedule! I’ll include more about this very comprehensive Science article in tomorrow’s update, but here’s the nut graf for many (most?) Balloon Juice commentors:
Should I get a booster if I’m at higher risk of severe disease?
Everyone Science spoke with said yes, if you are elderly, immunocompromised, or have medical conditions that make you particularly susceptible to harm from the virus. “For people who are at high risk of severe disease, I think the answer is pretty simple and largely noncontroversial: A 4- to 6-month period of protection has a meaningful clinical benefit,” Barouch says. “It’s clear that that population benefits from a boost and probably more than one boost for the year.”
In case you missed Biden's speech,here it is on CSPAN. About 20mins and well worth watching. #September11
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 11, 2023
(Biden’s speech starts around the 7minute mark)
Calls back home to family and a tennis star. An in-room priest visit for Mass. Briefings on Morocco, hurricanes and strike threats. And also, the G20 and a diplomatic visit to Vietnam. Aides said the president was in constant motion on his whirlwind trip. https://t.co/CoqeyAJrrH
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) September 11, 2023
President Joe Biden visited the memorial to the late Sen. John McCain in Hanoi, Vietnam.
— Zach C. Cohen (@Zachary_Cohen) September 11, 2023
Because this really *is* worth sharing — Jennifer Rubin, “I don’t write about polls. You shouldn’t bother with them, either.” [gift link]:
You might have noticed that I studiously have avoided dissecting the avalanche of 2024 polls. I don’t plan on deviating from this approach — at least not until mid-2024. And you should consider ignoring the nonstop flood of polling and the rickety analysis dependent on it. Here are five reasons we should all go on a poll-free political diet for at least six months:
First, the polling field is broken. Or, if you listen to pollsters’ complaints, it is consistently misapplied and misinterpreted. Polls didn’t come within shouting distance of the right result in either 2016 or 2020. And they misled voters about the fictitious red wave in 2022. Whatever the reasons — call blocking, excessive hang-ups, incorrect modeling of likely voters — even polls taken much closer to elections have consistently turned out to be far off base. The fixation on low-cost, horse-race coverage might satisfy the political media’s desire to project insider expertise or to appear neutral (hey, it’s the voters who say these things!), but there is no excuse to recycle highly suspect information from sources known to be flawed…
The most important reason, however, to minimize attention to polling has to do with the mission and credibility of journalism at a critical time in our democracy. What voters know might be wrong — objectively wrong. They tell pollsters we are in a recession. They tell us Biden was involved in his son’s business ventures. These beliefs are unsupported by evidence. This surely indicates that the media could try harder to explain what is going on. (Maybe more reporting on the changes happening around the country would be in order.)
Certainly, respectable media outlets cannot control where voters get their information, but evidence of such widespread confusion and ignorance indicates that we have a deficit of accurate, reliable information in the electorate. If the truth is getting lost in the shuffle, maybe parroting Republicans’ false claims (for the sake of “balance”) or fixating on polls is counterproductive…
When the stakes are so high, and the fate of democracy hangs in the balance, continuing to gamify politics with meaningless polls does little to improve journalists’ reputation or inform voters. As Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch aptly put it: “The news media needs to stop with the horse race coverage of this modern-day March on Rome, stop digging incessantly for proof that both sides are guilty of the same sins, and stop thinking that a war for the imperiled survival of the American Experiment is some kind of inexplicable ‘tribalism.’ ”
We all would do far better to apply our energy to stemming the tide of disinformation and facing hard truths about a MAGA movement that manages to bamboozle millions of Americans — and remains the greatest domestic threat to democracy we’ve seen.
And finally… The Way We Live Now:
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) September 11, 2023
When we need it, the neologism will come.