(This story was first published in The Times of India on Dec 03, 2020) At a time when the world is facing a global health and economic crisis posed by COVID-19, unlocking the potential of a safe vaccine based on scientific evidence to prevent the disease as soon as possible is a must. In the pursuit to control the virus, scientists worldwide, have been researching and developing vaccines, to reduce cases and avert deaths. The invention of vaccine will not only reduce the health-care burden but also decrease in frequency of hospital visits and cut in the healthcare expenditure both by the government and out of pocket expenditure by the people. Fast-tracking the ideal way for developing the vaccine The pandemic has created unprecedented partnerships among experts, national and international agencies and national governments to fast-track the process of vaccine development. The COVAX initiative, part of WHO’s Access to COVID 19 Tools Accelerator is working towards expediting … [Read more...] about What goes in the making of safe and efficient COVID-19 vaccine?
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Some ofThe Wire’s best scenes involve drug trafficker Stringer Bell’s rather organized business meetings. Bell (Idris Elba) runs these summits according to Robert’s Rules of Order, the popular “parliamentary procedure” system that’s behind all those awkward phrases at things like PTA meetings. At the end of one meeting with powerful drug dealers, Bell notices that a subordinate is writing on a yellow notepad. “Motherfucker, what is that?” Bell asks in the particularly memorable scene. “The Robert Rules say we gotta have minutes for the meeting, right?” the subordinate replies. “These the minutes.” “Is you taking notes on a criminal fuckin’ conspiracy? Fuck is you thinkin’ man?” Bell responds, taking the notepad and ripping out its offending page. … [Read more...] about Casanova’s Gang Was Taking Notes on a Criminal F– ing Conspiracy
9:19 a.m. CDC underscores need to postpone holiday travel: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to put travel plans on hold this winter due to the escalating coronavirus surge. “The best way to protect yourself and others is to postpone travel and stay home,” Dr. Henry Walke, the COVID-19 incident manager, told a news briefing Wednesday. For those who must travel, CDC recommends getting tested one to three days before travel, and again three to five days after. “Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when combined with reducing non-essential activities, symptom screening and continuing with precautions like wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing, it can make travel safer,” Walke said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 27-Dec. 3