Building on his announced displeasure with so-called rich countries administering booster COVID-19 shots, the head of the World Health Organization called for an across the board stoppage of booster shots. Per the Associated Press, “The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the appeal mostly to wealthier countries that have far outpaced the developing world in numbers of vaccinations. He said richer countries have administered about 100 doses of coronavirus vaccines for every 100 people on average, while low-income countries — hampered by short supplies — have provided only about 1.5 doses per 100 people.” http://bit.ly/3Aoonx9
As if by magic, the rates of new COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom continue to fall. That’s great news, obviously. Only scientists are at a loss as to why it is happening. Per Nature, “Scientists are scratching their heads over the precipitous decline in daily COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom following their rapid rise earlier in the year. Officially recorded new cases more than halved in just two weeks: from a high of 54,674 on 17 July to 22,287 on 2 August. ‘Nobody really knows what’s going on,’ says epidemiologist John Edmunds at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). In particular, it’s not clear whether this sudden trend indicates that the peak of the third wave has passed, or whether it is a blip caused by complex social factors.” Either way, this time, the trend is your friend. http://go.nature.com/3Cd67s5
The United Arab Emirates is venturing into unchartered COVID-19 vaccine territory. The Gulf nation has made the move to approve the administration of one of China’s COVID-19 vaccines for toddlers and older. According to Xinhua, “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention has approved the use of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 3 and 17 years old in the UAE. The decision was ‘based on the results of clinical studies, the strict assessment to approve the emergency use of the vaccine and the local evaluation that complies with the approved regulations,’ the UAE’s state news agency WAM said Monday.” http://bit.ly/2WJOUGn
And in news only a mathematician can love (probably), an ancient tablet appears to be have some geometry problems inscribed on it. Per the Guardian, “An Australian mathematician has discovered what may be the oldest known example of applied geometry, on a 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet. Known as Si.427, the tablet bears a field plan measuring the boundaries of some land. The tablet dates from the Old Babylonian period between 1900 and 1600 BCE and was discovered in the late 19th century in what is now Iraq. It had been housed in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum before Dr Daniel Mansfield from the University of New South Wales tracked it down.” Good to know that for at least four millenia geometry has been around to torture us. https://bit.ly/3lwRNoA
Thanks for reading. Let’s be careful out there.