Tag: COVID-19

The Surge in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Is Even Worse Than You Thought

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, people cross a busy street in the shopping district of Flushing, a largely Asian American neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting center for anti-Asian hate crimes, released stats Thursday showing that from March 2020 to March 2021, […]

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Big Pharma: There’s No Easy Way Out of the Vaccine Crisis We Created

Waiving patent protections on these essential vaccines is beyond overdue—it’s easy to overlook that we’re more than 15 months into a pandemic that should have provoked immediate, emergency reforms in healthcare policy, from providing free government-provisioned care to making sure that new treatments and vaccines would be shared widely around the world. The pandemic has […]

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Microsoft: Pandemic ‘turbocharged’ digital transformation

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. The impact of the pandemic on tech investment has been a major theme over the past year. But a new report commissioned by Microsoft underscores just how profoundly COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation plans. In a study from Microsoft and the Economist […]

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In Defense of Liberal Conspirators

Born in 1857, Darrow defended countless workers and organizers from conspiracy charges over his career, inspired, in part, by the famous Haymarket trial, a miscarriage of justice that saw eight anarchists charged with conspiracy and seven sentenced to death for an explosion at a small rally (a pardon would be issued in time to save […]

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There’s Something Missing From Biden’s Move to Free the Covid Vaccines

But that’s only the first step. It could take months for companies to reverse-engineer the vaccines and understand how they’re made—and then months more to produce them. The major vaccine companies should, instead, share these processes with other manufacturers right now, in order to have vaccines produced as soon as three to six months from […]

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A Bunch of Anti-Vaxxers Just Burned a Giant Syringe in the Desert

An image of a giant syringe being burned in effigy. (YouTube) Hundreds of anti-vaxxers gathered in the Utah desert to light an effigy of a giant syringe, as part of a “Night of Liberty” event that touted a veritable “who’s who” of local culture warriors.  The impressive wooden effigy was emblazoned with the words “MEDICAL […]

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Vaxxed? Iceland Actually Wants You to Come Be a Tourist

“Did you know that 54% of the Icelandic nation believes that elves exist?” So reports the Elfschool in Reykjavík, Iceland, the ridiculously scenic Nordic island country which recently announced that it will open its border to vaccinated tourists.  This welcoming of tourism is exciting news, because it means we can start cautiously stepping back into […]

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The Rise of the Corporate-Catholic “Zombie Hospital”

For many Catholics, their religious tradition is about more than closed circuit broadcasts of daily mass. Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, founder of the local chapter of the Catholic Worker, is perhaps the most steadfast representative of the Catholic faith at the Saint Vincent picket line. Wearing a black knit cap and hooded sweatshirt on the podium at […]

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The Weirdest Impulse Purchases VICE Readers Made During the Pandemic

Forty-three percent of Americans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot, according to the most recent numbers from the New York Times. After a year of pain, loss, anxiety, and stagnancy, we’re suddenly hurtling toward a more “normal” version of society faster than many of us can process in real time—and simultaneously struggling to […]

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I Bought a Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Etsy

Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard’s podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet. I received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine in Los Angeles on March 18, and the second dose at the same place a few weeks later, according to the “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” in my pocket. The information […]

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HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Resolution of the COVID-19 crisis has come down to how quickly governments can vaccinate individuals before more contagious variants of the virus evolve and spread. One platform playing a critical role in helping health care organizations win that race is a […]

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How Biden Could Be the World’s Vaccine Hero

As members of the World Trade Organization meet Friday afternoon, countless residents of the United States, United Kingdom, the European Union, and other wealthy regions will be getting their second Covid-19 vaccine, as Covid cases there decline. Thousands in India, where 60 percent of the world’s vaccines are made, will be dying. Moving into the […]

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Biden, Do the Right Thing and Release the Vaccines From Pharma’s Grip

As members of the World Trade Organization meet Friday afternoon, countless residents of the United States, United Kingdom, the European Union, and other wealthy regions will be getting their second Covid-19 vaccine, as Covid cases there decline. Thousands in India, where 60 percent of the world’s vaccines are made, will be dying. Moving into the […]

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Acorio: Digital transformation was the top business initiative in 2021

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Digital transformation grew 20% year-over-year, becoming the top business initiative in 2021 with 79% of organizations working on it, over service management, which was at only 64% this year, Acorio, an NTT Data company and ServiceNow consultancy, said in its third […]

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COVID Vaccines and PPE Shouldn’t Be Weapons of the Culture War

On April 23, Spotify released a podcast in which Joe Rogan made up a guy: a healthy 21 year old who was seeking Rogan’s advice on whether they should get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. To this imaginary guy, who was healthy in both exercise and nutritional habits, Rogan advised against the vaccination for COVID-19, […]

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Tucker Carlson Is Deadly Boring

So what makes Carlson different? For one, he’s a lifetime member of the same “elite” that he rails against. Carlson’s father served as president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and was the ambassador to the Seychelles. Carlson himself attended fancy East Coast boarding schools and colleges. He wrote for years for conservative magazines and […]

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How Will We Know If There’s a Covid Supervariant?

“I think genomic surveillance for respiratory pathogens should become a routine activity for public health entities,” Roychoudhury said. Ideally, these efforts would be centrally coordinated and funded, but the sequencing itself could be done by any public health labs, academic, or commercial labs. It’s not just about sequencing the virus; it’s also about sharing what […]

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Accenture says IT investments are bearing fruit

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. The divide between organizations that derive maximum financial benefit from IT investments and comparative laggards is widening in the wake of the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Accenture today published a report based on a survey of 4,300 […]

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Here Are The CDC’s New Mask Guidelines For Fully Vaccinated Americans

The CDC has finally released new guidance for vaccinated Americans and it includes ditching face masks for almost every outdoor activity, aside from attending a crowded outdoor event like a concert or sports game. The new guidelines were issued Tuesday morning and advise fully vaccinated Americans to feel free to forgo masks when walking, running, […]

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Make School Lunch Free for Everyone, Forever

Feeding kids, as it turns out, is a good thing. Or at least that’s what the United States Department of Agriculture decided this week, as they announced that its universal free school lunch program would be extended another year, through the summer of 2022. Rolled out at the start of the pandemic, the measure sought […]

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Vaccine Hesitancy and the Long Shadow of Racism in U.S. Health Care

In 1932, the Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began a study to record the natural history of syphilis in hopes of justifying treatment programs for blacks. It was called the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.” The study initially involved 600 black men – 399 with syphilis, 201 who […]

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GOP Senator Genuinely Confused Why Vaccines Are a Big Deal

Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images) U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has dabbled in conspiracy theories about the January 6 Capitol riot, and now he’s turning his tinfoil hat toward the effort […]

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Weird Free Snacks Are the Only Thing to Miss About Offices

Photo by Strauss/Curtis via Getty Images Let me be perfectly clear: I’m not “excited” to go “back to the office.” As COVID vaccination rates and reemerging office life overseas embolden employers across the U.S., the reasons working from home is superior loop in front of my eyes like the Time Square stock market ticker tape. […]

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Colleges Face a Question: Is It Legal to Require the COVID Vaccine?

Melissa Sue Gerrits / Stringer via Getty After over a year of remote learning and endless Zoom classes, colleges are eager to welcome students back this coming fall. Most have announced a return to campus, on the conditions that COVID cases don’t surge, and vaccines remain available. And a growing number of schools (about 40, […]

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Set Us Free From Outdoor Mask Mandates!

As coronavirus cases ticked up in early November, something utterly bizarre happened in Massachusetts: In light of those rising numbers, Governor Charlie Baker issued a rule mandating that people would be required to wear face masks at all times while outdoors in public, whether or not they were around others. (Violators were subject to a […]

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Howard University Receives $1.59M Grant For Vaccination Efforts In Underserved Communities

NewsOne Featured Video In the midst of the pandemic, Howard University stepped up to provide relief for underserved communities and the HBCU will be able to further its efforts thanks to the help of a new grant. The Washington, D.C.-based school announced it has received a $1.59 million endowment to help with vaccination efforts in […]

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