Hello Readers:

Good afternoon!

Vacinnes/vacunas, vaccines – it has a certain ring. Let everyone know that walk-up appointments are available in the Mission District – seven days a week. Here is where we keep and update that information.

A pandemic memory from Anna Matz who moved in the middle of the pandemic to Germany. She sends this photograph from last year, which tells it all.

Photo by Anna Matz

Nowadays, she writes, “the politicians are talking but not doing a lot. So I think you’re way more organized than we are here.”

Well, that’s good to hear. And kind of amazing that BioNTech, which developed the vaccine being distributed by Pfizer, is based in Germany.

There’s a wonderful backstory of a woman – Katalin Karikó, a Hungarian scientist who was at the University of Pennsylvania – and how her unrelenting belief in mRNA’s applications gets us to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Women who won’t give up. It’s a great story. She’s now a senior VP at BioNTech.

Enjoy the weekend,

— Lydia

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As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.