The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday published an article titled “‘Vaccine Nationalism’: A New Dynamic in the Race to Quash Coronavirus.” The piece referred to the process of finding a COVID-19 vaccine as a “high-stakes geopolitical scramble” that could result in “vaccine nationalism.” However, according to Goodrum, China doesn’t view finding a vaccine for the respiratory illness as a competition. Rather, China views the vaccine development as a “broad-based cooperative effort among the countries of the world” and values making the vaccine accessible to everyone for free, Goodrum said. … [Read more...] about China Regards COVID-19 Vaccine as ‘Public Good’ While US Sees Valuable Commodity – Journalist
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"If a vaccine against coronavirus becomes available to the public, 49 percent say they plan to get vaccinated, and 20 percent say they will not. Another 31 percent are not sure," said a statement from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which based its survey on interviews with 1,056 adults across the US. … [Read more...] about 49% in US favor vaccination
Officer Adam Lobsinger, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, said in an email that, when it comes to enforcement of the new mask rules, “officers walking the beat and in vehicles will continue to remind people about these health measures. As we’ve repeatedly emphasized, enforcement is a last resort — voluntary compliance is our goal. We will continue to admonish and cite with discretion.” … [Read more...] about What does SF’s new ‘30-foot-rule’ mean? In short, always carry a mask
TAIPEI: Taiwan's government said on Saturday it had approved Gilead Sciences' potential COVID-19 treatment, remdesivir, to treat the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Governments are racing to bolster supplies of remdesivir, which U.S. regulators this month approved for emergency use. California-based Gilead has said it will donate 1.5 million doses of remdesivir, enough to treat at least 140,000 patients, to combat the global pandemic. Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre said the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration took into account "the fact that the efficacy and safety of remdesivir has been supported by preliminary evidence" and its use is being approved by other countries. On that basis, the centre said the conditions had been met for approval of the drug for use in patients with "severe" COVID-19 infection. Taiwan has been successful at preventing the coronavirus from spreading, thanks to early detection and prevention work and a first rate public health system. … [Read more...] about Taiwan approves Gilead’s remdesivir to treat COVID-19
As the virus spreads throughout the world more research can be gathered, and scientists are learning more about asymptomatic spread and its prevalence. Findings published in the BMJ Journal Thorax on Thursday found asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 meant the prevalence of the virus was likely to be significantly underestimated on cruise ships. Australian researchers led by Prof Alvin Ing from Macquarie University in Sydney analysed tests from all 217 passengers and crew on board a ship that departed from Argentina for a 21-day cruise of the Antarctic Peninsula in mid-March, after the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic. They found more than 80% of the 128 people who tested positive for Covid-19 had no symptoms. … [Read more...] about Asymptomatic coronavirus: how common is it and can its spread be contained?