December 28, 2021 – Monterey Herald
Favor monoclonal antibody therapies
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the world didn’t have vaccines or medicines, but now we have both. Although current vaccines have all shown some efficacy, it is clear that they are all far from optimal for preventing both transmission and symptomatic disease.
It’s also clear that virtually all Americans who want a COVID-19 vaccine have had the opportunity to receive it. Availability has long ceased to be the limiting factor in the vaccination of the population. The real bottleneck now is the reluctance to vaccinate and although I don’t agree with that, in a free country we have to accept it.
Unlike these vaccination problems, monoclonal antibody therapies have been shown to be remarkably effective. These miracle drugs have been available for a year now, but are not the choice of the Joe Biden administration or Governor Gavin Newsom as the main tool to fight this scourge. Florida, however, has seen remarkable success in the fight against COVID-19 with a policy of increased availability of monoclonal drugs while removing social restrictions. Florida’s current COVID-19 death rate is the lowest, by far, of any of the most populous states and one or two places off the lowest of any state. So why focus singularly on vaccination to the exclusion of treatment? Why continue to focus on restrictions on civil liberties?
Today I wrote Rep Jimmy Panetta with the same questions and asked him to encourage the Biden administration / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to shift gears and, without giving up on vaccination efforts, to move forward. rapidly towards an approach based on early treatment with therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.
– Hugh Wilson, Monterey
The PG elm had many years to live if properly cared for
Like a lock of hair from a deceased loved one, a few leaves remain after our healthy and beloved Elm tree ends at Jewell Park on Friday, December 17th. In the courtroom, the same judge who presided over the award of care for my a decade earlier, her aunt had decided the fate of Elm. I have not lost sight of the purposes for which the legal system protects human life, but is very far from protecting non-human life.
Elders of all species deserve respect, care and understanding. I am deeply disappointed that the demands of the legal system in its current state could not overcome the overwhelming evidence that this tree still has many years to live with proper care.
For a city that is literally a wildlife sanctuary, Pacific Grove city guardians at the council and department level are clinging to status quo solutions while ignoring more informed, inclusive and creative solutions. A check mark on the to-do list for perceived threat and legal responsibility to the community gives us more pavement and concrete.
May we be reminded to take care of all members of our community. For the loss of one who watched over our gatherings, farmers’ markets, and provided refuge and beauty, I cry, like so many others – humans and non-humans.
– Laura Seidenberg, Pacific Grove
Thinking about people who enrich, improve life
I find myself reflecting on the many people I barely know and love very much. They enrich and improve my life. There’s my neighbor Mathew who takes five laps around my neighborhood and there are countless service people – baristas, waiters, retail vendors, cooks – all of them make me smile and enjoy life. I also love interacting with the cool people who come to work at the Monterey Sports Center – it’s always inspiring to be with them.
I wish everyone a happy new year.
– A McDowell, Monterey
Grateful for the author of the letter refuting the false allegations
I want to thank Walt Notley of Carmel for his outstanding rebuttal of these false claims by these anti-Cal Am buyout people.
Additionally, Carmel’s Anna Thompson asks an interesting question: Why is Cal Am pushing the desal and blocking the Pure Water Monterey Project? I have the impression that she knows and many of us too.
Cal Am’s guaranteed monopoly profits are at stake. Profits are minimal buying water versus building a desalination project.
– Charles Biller, Monterey