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Apr 15, 2020

Why simply waiting for herd immunity to covid-19 isn’t an option

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, policy

The widespread perception that it was once official British policy to let the novel coronavirus spread until the population reached herd immunity is false; the government was just overly optimistic about how easy flattening the curve would be. But the idea has gained so much traction in some circles, fueled by speculation that we might already be much closer to it than we think, that it’s worth understanding why it’s not a viable policy according to the evidence to date.

Apr 14, 2020

State Department cables warned of safety issues at Wuhan lab studying bat coronaviruses

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government

The U.S. government is still trying to understand the origins of covid-19.

Apr 14, 2020

ID2020 and partners launch program to provide digital ID with vaccines

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, health

Step two of…

(Meanwhile in Bangladesh)


The ID2020 Alliance has launched a new digital identity program at its annual summit in New York, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, vaccine alliance Gavi, and new partners in government, academia, and humanitarian relief.

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Apr 14, 2020

Hokkaido declares new state of emergency amid ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infections

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government

While Hokkaido was not covered in the state’s declaration of an emergency, the prefectural government and the municipal government of Sapporo, the prefectural capital, issued a joint emergency declaration following reports of double-digit increases in infections for the fifth straight day.

“We are facing a crisis of a second wave in the spread of (the coronavirus) infections,” Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki told reporters, asking residents to refrain from making nonessential outings.

Hokkaido had declared its own state of emergency on Feb. 28 ahead of the government and lifted it on March 19, citing signs that the coronavirus spread was abating in the prefecture, a popular area for both Japanese and foreign tourists.

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Apr 13, 2020

The role of global cooperation in space after COVID-19

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, education, food, government, health, neuroscience

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people across the globe. It is also causing huge damage to the global economy. According to the predictions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), 2020 could be the worst year since the Great Depression in the 1930s, with more than 170 countries likely to experience negative per capita income growth due to the pandemic. Countries are taking different measures to mitigate that economic impact, depending on the situations in their countries. However, the process of overcoming economic crisis is going to be extremely difficult. Few businesses would find it hard even to sustain and there is going to be a significant upsurge in unemployment rates.

Like much of the rest of the world, India is under lockdown. It is bit premature to predict the exact impact of coronavirus crisis on the Indian economy since the situation is still evolving. However, it is clear at this stage that the country will be facing major economic downturn and levels of unemployment will steeply rise. The government has already offered an economic package of 1.7 trillion rupees ($22.3 billion) in the last month for providing food security and money to the poor. It is expected that the government would shortly announce the next economic stimulus package.

All this would require the government of India to undertake a ruthless review of existing patterns of expenditure. The government budgeting caters to the requirements of various segments of the society, including agriculture, health, education, and railways. The budget has two other important areas of attention: defense and science & technology.

Apr 13, 2020

Why There May Be One Human Government

Posted by in categories: futurism, government

Hey all! I have recently made a video on how it may be possible for all of humanity to be united under one government in the far future. I have posted a link to the video here. If you find it worthy, please consider liking and subscribing!


A topic of controversy, “one human government” is a very real possibility in the far future. In this video, I talk about the politics of the future human civilization and why I personally believe that there will not only be one human government but that the one government will be good for humanity.

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Apr 13, 2020

How the military secured a coronavirus drug that has yet to win FDA approval

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, health, military

Among the drugs being investigated is remdesivir, an experimental antiviral made by the US drug company Gilead Sciences. It has been characterized as one of the most promising by health authorities, including WHO officials —though that optimism is inspired only by anecdotal information. US data on remdesivir’s performance in controlled clinical trials is expected next month, and data from late-stage trials conducted in China will be released by the end of April.

The US military, however, has already secured access to remdesivir for its service members.

On March 10, the Pentagon announced a deal with Gilead Sciences in which the pharmaceutical company would supply the military with the intravenous drug at no cost. “Together with our government and industry partners, we are progressing at almost revolutionary rates to deliver effective treatment and prevention products that will protect the citizens of the world and preserve the readiness and lethality of our service members,” Army Brig. Gen. Michael Talley, commanding general of the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) and Fort Detrick, Maryland, said in a media statement at the time.

Apr 12, 2020

The White House has invoked the Defense Production Act to produce over 39 million N95 masks over the next 90 days

Posted by in categories: government, military

The federal government has invoked the Defense Production Act to produce millions of N95 masks in the coming weeks, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

The DPA allows the government to pressure companies into manufacturing supplies for national defense purposes.

The project will cost $133 million and will create “over 39 million” masks within the next 90 days, Mike Andrews, a Department of Defense spokesperson announced in a press release Saturday. The authorization to use the DPA for N95 production was given to the Defense Department on Friday by the White House, according to the press release.

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Apr 11, 2020

Nigerians Fight to Protect the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal | National Geographic

Posted by in categories: education, government

Where was everyone when these channels were dedicating so much time and effort to help create awereness and get support for these creatures in Africa?

The government that neglected this eventhough they are not from Africa have neglected something that has now created, trillions of dollars of losses, and even more is coming up.

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Apr 10, 2020

Earthquake damage estimates hit $48.5 million, Salt Lake County officials say

Posted by in categories: business, education, government

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials are still tallying, but the path of destruction left behind by last month’s 5.7 magnitude earthquake is racking up tens of millions of dollars in damage.

So far in Salt Lake County, inspectors have found the quake has damaged 107 government buildings — including dozens of schools — with early estimated costs hitting the $48.5 million mark, according to Clint Mecham, Salt Lake County Emergency Management division chief.

That’s not a final total — and it doesn’t even include homes and businesses.

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