At last! White smoke. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved (other vaccines will soon be available) and finally there is a glimmer of hope on the pandemic front.
It's been a momentous week all round. Covid, Brexit, catastrophic job losses, paramilitary expansionism and Scotch eggs.
Where to begin? At a time when just about every major news story is accompanied by more graphs and charts than a GCSE maths paper, it inevitably comes down to doing the sums.
So. The week in numbers ...
40m. The number of doses of the vaccine coming to the UK.
1.5m. The estimated quantity of these which will eventually come to Northern Ireland.
2. The number of doses each person will get.
21. The number of days between each dose.
-70. The temperature at which the vaccine must be kept.
Countless. The number of "logistical challenges" Boris Johnson envisages with all this.
A fleet. The number of freezer lorries the boss of Iceland - the frozen food chain, not the nation - has offered as a solution. (Buy the vaccine, get the fish fingers free?)
1. The number of Scotch eggs which, according to Cabinet minister George Eustice, constitutes a "substantial meal" in English bars.
2. The number of Scotch eggs, which, according to Cabinet minister Michael Gove, in an early radio interview, merely constitutes a starter.
1. The number of Scotch eggs which, according to Mr Gove - in a later interview - does, indeed, constitute a substantial meal.
None. The number of comments made by the SNP's Nichola Sturgeon on whether Scotch eggs should be allowed over the English border.
26. The percentage rise in Scotch egg sales as a result of this nonsense.
500,000 The estimated number of job losses in the UK hospitality sector this year (while Cabinet members debate sausage-meat-coated bar snacks.)
25,000. The number of jobs (including hundreds in Northern Ireland) now at risk as high street giants Arcadia and Debenhams collapse.
£100m. The value of Sir Philip Green's super yacht.
£48.56. The amount of money MP Sammy Wilson (annual salary circa £82,000) claimed for face masks for his staff.
Several. The number of times Sammy has been photographed not wearing a mask.
2. The number of controversial tweets Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley, head of the Dail's Public Accounts Committee has been urged to apologise for this week. The first, from 2017, an "inappropriate" comment about then-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Mr Stanley denies he has anything to apologise for there, but did apologise for a tweet gloating at the deaths of police officers in the Kilmichael ambush during the War of Independence and soldiers killed in the Warrenpoint atrocity in 1979.
A one-off. Mary Lou McDonald's description of that tweet.
46. The number of minutes Donald Trump's latest video rant lasted this week. Mr Trump claims there was "tremendous and horrible" voter fraud in the US presidential election.
Millions. The number of votes he alleges were fraudulently "switched" from himself to Joe Biden.
Zero. The amount of evidence Attorney General Bill Barr and other leading members of the Republican Party say there has been found to back up his claims.
12,500. The estimated number of loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland according to a leaked security assessment.
6,700. The number of police officers in the PSNI.
A dozen. The number of large pizzas seen being ferried into the central London office where UK and EU negotiators went down to the wire this week - over disputed fishing rights.
None. The number of fish suppers being carried in.
Undisclosed. The EU protocol on Scotch egg consumption.
Actors put on a right royal show
I've just finished Netflix's The Crown (belatedly) and it's not the events depicted I find hard to believe, so much as the characters.
"Maggie Thatcher" is so breathy she had me hyperventilating. Like "Charles", she is stooped almost in two. How much putty did it take to get "Charles's" ears to sit like that?
"The Queen", played by Olivia Colman, is dour, but also an airhead. But wow! "Camilla". The real Camilla must be chuffed.
MacGowan director’s history lesson
A new film about Pogues singer Shane MacGowan features Gerry Adams - the pair are mutual friends.
Director Julian Temple says making the film educated him on English/Irish history and describes himself as "woefully ignorant of what went on".
Sir Walter Raleigh, he says, "was really brutal in Ireland". Perhaps Mr Temple should also check out what the IRA did in Ireland.
Prince Harry... long to rain over us
Jesus wants you for a sunbeam. Prince Harry would prefer you as a raindrop. In his latest lecture, urging climate change (private jet usage exempt), he reveals: "Every single raindrop that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground. What if every single one of us was a raindrop?" Indeed. But comforting to know that Harry is taking up the slack for the rest of us at that LA mansion of his, where the sprinkler system is doubtless also doing its bit to relieve the parched Earth.