4 reasons not to get excited about Russia’s COVID-19 ‘vaccine’

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Russia’s vaccine is likely more about geopolitics and approval ratings than actual scientific rigor. If there’s one holy grail in the world today, it’s a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Billions are being poured into vaccine research around the world by both governments and private industry, hoping that such a vaccine can save lives and stabilize the global economy at the same time. Read Full Story

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Biden’s vaccine plan: Are we hitting the goal? This map and real-time tracker will tell you

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Can we reach 100 million doses in 100 days? The Brown University School of Public Health and Microsoft AI for Health let you follow along at home. President Joe Biden has promised to distribute 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office. To call this the race of a lifetime would hardly be an understatement. With cases spreading, new variants emerging, thousands of Americans dying every day, and the economy in the tank, much depends on whether we can successfully vaccinate enough of the public as quickly as possible. Read Full Story

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No, vaccine side effects don’t tell you how well your immune system will protect you from COVID-19

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Is there any link between what you can notice after a vaccine and what’s happening on the cellular level inside your body? If someone gets a headache or feels a bit under the weather after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s become common to hear them say something like “Oh, it just means my immune system is really working hard.” On the flip side, when people don’t notice any side effects, they sometimes worry the shot isn’t doing its job or their immune system isn’t reacting at all. Read Full Story

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For a more equitable recovery, corporations must stop using a college degree as a proxy for ability

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Training programs and new recruitment strategies can help advance racial justice for Black Americans. With COVID-19 vaccine distribution in progress, many economists are cautiously optimistic that a slow economic recovery is on its way. But we can’t afford to make the same mistakes that were made after the Great Recession of 2008, when the recovery largely overlooked Black talent —particularly individuals without four-year college degrees. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution: 5 maps that show how we can get them to everyone

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Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines will create unprecedented logistical challenges for state and local governments. The ultra-rapid development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines over the last few months has been nothing short of amazing, but these life-saving, economy-rescuing, normal-world-restoring treatments won’t mean a whole lot unless we can actually get them to people. Distribution will have to happen on an unprecedented scale, which presents unprecedented logistical challenges for state and local governments. Read Full Story

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