Couple of days ago, Joe Biden proclaimed that the Pandemic is over. He said this even though 400 Americans are still dying from COVID, daily. Here, in Canada, all COVID measures, at the border, will be dropped as of this Saturday, October 1. Furthermore, masks will no longer be required on trains and planes. That’s fine. I am travelling by plane, next Wednesday. I will be wearing a mask at the airport and on the plane. I wonder if I will get hassled, for doing so?
There is also good news on the vaccine front. A new vaccine was approved, in Canada, on September 1. The vaccine immunizes against the initial variant form, as well as, the BA.1 variant. It is also supposed to provide a good immune response to the BA.4 and BA.5 variant. I intend to get as soon as I am eligible.
However, as per Game of Thrones, winter is coming, to the Northern Hemisphere. Europe, while still relatively low, is seeing a rise, in Covid rates. There are two new subvariants coming into play. While still low, these new subvariants are increasing, as a percentage, against overall COVID cases. They are especially hitting seniors. Oh joy. So maybe it will help to still be vigilant. Is it really over? I have no idea. I also have not stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, lately. Sorry.