I am not throwin’ away my shot / Hey yo, I’m just like my country / I’m young, scrappy and hungry / And I’m not throwin’ away my shot. That said, I’m not young, scrappy, and hungry enough to actually inject my shot until I’m reasonably sure that my shot won’t harm me because it was rushed by politics. I am not throwin’ away my shot / Hey, yo, I’m not given up my life either. “The rush is putting pressure on state health systems already strapped for resources – and appears out of sync with the progress of ongoing clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines, which are still recruiting volunteers who will test the safety and effectiveness of the drugs.” ‘Urgent’ request sent to states in push for coronavirus vaccine delivery by Nov. 1. (Shot or no shot, I’m gonna already be lined up at my polling place Nov 1.)

+ Anthony Fauci (remember him?): “I would look at the data and assume that a vaccine would not be approved for the public unless it was safe and effective. And I keep emphasizing both safe and effective. If that’s the case, I would not hesitate for a moment to take the vaccine myself and recommend it for my family.”

+ In the meantime, these 4 Midwestern states are seeing worrying Covid-19 spikes. And take it easy this weekend. WaPo: First covid-19 death linked to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally reported in Minnesota. “The case, involving a biker in his 60s, is one of at least 260 infections traced to the event last month where many declined to wear masks.”