The COVID-19 origins report is set to be published this week and the Associated Press was able to get a sneak peak at the document. As expected, it will be relatively low on revelations and high on already-established findings. Per the AP, “A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is ‘extremely unlikely,’ according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings offer little new insight into how the virus first emerged and leave many questions unanswered, though that was as expected. But the report does provide more detail on the reasoning behind the researchers’ conclusions. The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.” The entire World Health Organization dog and pony show begs the question: What’s the point? https://bit.ly/3cx0Kcr
Johnson and Johnson is set to supply 400 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to to the African Union for distribution on the continent. Per Reuters, “J&J unit Janssen Pharmaceutica NV has entered into a deal with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to deliver 220 million doses of its single-dose shot. AVAT could order an additional 180 million doses through 2022.(refini.tv/3cyeFiB). The deal comes after months of negotiations with the AU, which announced a provisional agreement in January to buy 270 million doses of vaccines from three drugmakers: J&J, AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech.” Good news. https://reut.rs/3u53OCE
Tech giant Amazon designed its own COVID-19 test to be administered to its legions of employees working in its network of offices and warehouses across America. According to Fierce Biotech, “Amazon has received authorization from the FDA for its very own COVID-19 test as part of its employee screening program. According to agency documents, workers in the retail giant’s offices, warehouses and fulfillment centers may be automatically assigned regular testing appointments, typically every two weeks, though individuals can voluntarily elect whether to participate.” So when will the test be available on amazon.com? https://bit.ly/2O4jTZZ
Climate change is a big problem that crosses disciplines. With that in mind, a team of researchers set out to define a framework that takes advantage of the various viewpoints and unique approaches to problem solving available. According to the paper published in Nature, “We argue that, despite the wide interest in HCS, the field suffers from numerous biases, and often does not account for the local effects and spatiotemporal heterogeneity of past climate changes or the challenges of interpreting historical sources. Here we propose an interdisciplinary framework for uncovering climate–society interactions that emphasizes the mechanics by which climate change has influenced human history, and the uncertainties inherent in discerning that influence across different spatiotemporal scales. Although we acknowledge that climate change has sometimes had destructive effects on past societies, the application of our framework to numerous case studies uncovers five pathways by which populations survived—and often thrived—in the face of climatic pressures.” https://go.nature.com/3rGAH7b
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