A vial of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine
Speaking of Oz Fritz, he has an article, "Navigating the Pandemic Lockdown With Literature, Magick and Science," in New Trajectories #2, the massive zine Bobby Campbell put out for this year's Maybe Day, July 23. (You can still download your copy here.)
The piece had a comment on the COVID-19 vaccines I have been meaning to highlight here:
"Though still very controversial, the most obvious breakthrough in Science concerned the rapid development of new vaccines, some of them using a messenger RNA Covid simulation code to stimulate antibody response, the first deployment of this particular new vaccine technology. I am personally awed by the medical science response to the invasion of alien entitites (Covid) inimical to human life. Within a relatively short period of time, they figured out how to cleanly reboot our immune system to deal with it. Or to it seems to me. I know many people who are skeptical and consider this view naive. Tme will tell."
I appreciate Oz' caution and modesty in expressing his opinion (we are all still learning about the disease and the vaccines, and it's best to remain open to new information). But I also agree with his opinion and think it's likely to turn out well. Almost everyone who has been hospitalized for the delta variant during the ongoing surge is unvaccinated; the vaccines can't keep everyone from getting the virus, but for most people they seem to keep the illness manageable. This seems to me, too, like a great success for science that ought to be celebrated more.
I got vaccinated with Moderna is March and April, basically as soon as people my age in Ohio were allowed to get it. I know I could still get the virus, but I don't worry about it much. As Scott Adams wrote in July, "If you are unvaccinated, you are in the middle of a deadly pandemic. If you are vaccinated, it's Wednesday."
In any event, everyone should grab a copy of Bobby's zine.