The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is going to create a massive waste management problem

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How do you dispose of 660 million extra needles? An unintended consequence of COVID-19 safety procedures has been a surge in trash, from face masks to gloves to, now, the discarded syringes and needles from COVID-19 vaccines. If laid end to end, the needles from the number of vaccine doses needed to inoculate the entire U.S. population—about 660 million—would create enough waste to wrap around the Earth 1.8 times, according to OnSite Waste Technologies , a medical waste disposal company. It’s certainly worthwhile trash to create, but with the vaccine rollout in full effect, and President Joe Biden’s goal to deliver 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days underway, companies that manage medical waste are having to handle this uptick. Read Full Story

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‘Craziest lawsuit’: Legal experts quickly push back on Texas AG’s attempt to overturn election

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Texas sued four other states in the Supreme Court to challenge their election procedures, but legal experts say the case has little change of succeeding. In the latest effort by Republicans to overturn the presidential election results, Texas sued Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin saying the states changed their voting procedures in unconstitutional ways. Read Full Story

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Zipline will bring its medical delivery drones to the U.S. to help fight the coronavirus

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It’s successfully helping the medical system in Ghana and Rwanda. Now the drone company thinks it can help streamline U.S. medical deliveries while maintaining social distancing. Zipline, a medical drone delivery company that launched in Rwanda , planned to come to the U.S. later this year. But as the coronavirus crisis grows, the company is now working with government regulators to try to launch as soon as possible. Read Full Story

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