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Ableist capitalist individualism

Ableist capitalist individualism

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In this little section, we’d like to discuss the tech that’s getting us through the pandemic. I’ve become obsessed with table-top roleplaying games (TTRPGs) lately. Mind you, I don’t actually play them. Though I have played Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, Rifts, GURPS, and dozens of other TTRPGs over the years these days I’m…
Covid-19 Found In Polish Mink, Cull Feared

Covid-19 Found In Polish Mink, Cull Feared

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Topline Polish scientists from the University of Gdansk have identified several cases of Covid-19 in mink at a farm in the north of the country, prompting fears that a widespread cull will be needed to contain the disease.  Covid-19 was found in mink farmed in Poland. getty Key Facts Poland, one of the world’s largest…
Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine Supply Contract Excludes Many Taxpayer Protections

Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine Supply Contract Excludes Many Taxpayer Protections

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Refrigerators store Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a company facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. Jerica Pitts/AP hide caption toggle caption Jerica Pitts/AP Refrigerators store Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a company facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. Jerica Pitts/AP When the Department of Health and Human Services released Pfizer's $1.95 billion coronavirus vaccine contract with Operation Warp Speed last Wednesday,…
Here’s What You Need To Know About AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

Here’s What You Need To Know About AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

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AstraZeneca's vaccine was tested in multiple countries, including Brazil, the U.S. and the U.K. NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and its partner Oxford University released preliminary results from its phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trials on Monday, which found that the company’s vaccine, which uses a genetically modified cold virus, is up to…
Coronavirus Pandemic Leaves Food Banks In Need Of Volunteers

Coronavirus Pandemic Leaves Food Banks In Need Of Volunteers

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Food banks get a lot of help from volunteers who make meals, distribute food to the needy and help keep things running smoothly. But in the coronavirus era, volunteers can be in short supply. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: We've seen the lines across the country, cars backed up for blocks or filling parking lots with people…
Distributing A Coronavirus Vaccine Will Bring Some Challenges

Distributing A Coronavirus Vaccine Will Bring Some Challenges

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Thomas Bollyky of the Council on Foreign Relations about the challenges of distributing a coronavirus vaccine.
Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Induces ‘Robust’ Immune Response In Older Adults, Early Findings Show

Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Induces ‘Robust’ Immune Response In Older Adults, Early...

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Topline The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca is safe and able to generate a “robust” immune response in older adults, according to early findings from Phase 2 clinical trials published in medical journal The Lancet Wednesday, findings researchers describe as “encouraging” given the high risk older adults have of…
Covid-19 Patients Are ‘Highly Infectious’ Within Five Days Of Showing Symptoms, Study Shows, Explaining Pandemic’s Rapid Spread

Covid-19 Patients Are ‘Highly Infectious’ Within Five Days Of Showing Symptoms,...

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Topline Covid-19 is a “short-lived” infection that lasts for only nine days after patients begin to show symptoms, according to a new study that shows patients to be “highly infectious” very early on in the illness, peaking within five days of showing symptoms—a time period so short that researchers believe it can explain why the…
Tales From The Vaccine Vault: 30 Facts About Smallpox And The Coronavirus

Tales From The Vaccine Vault: 30 Facts About Smallpox And The...

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Members of the Association of French Models line up for their smallpox vaccinations, 2nd October ... [+] 1955. FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images These facts offer more than just a walk down memory lane for anyone old enough to remember smallpox terror. Together they tell a “then and now” story about how difficult it is to eradicate…
World Health Organization Rejects Remdesivir, The Antiviral Trump Took For Covid-19, Saying There’s No Evidence It Helps Recovery Or Survival

World Health Organization Rejects Remdesivir, The Antiviral Trump Took For Covid-19,...

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Topline The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended against using one of the only drugs approved to treat Covid-19 around the world, saying it has found no evidence to suggest that Gilead’s remdesivir helps hospitalized patients recover or improves their outcomes. The WHO recommends against using antiviral remdesivir for hospitalized Covid-19 patients, saying ... [+]…

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