Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
Our team was on assignment this week contributing to Operations Independence, the Orange County's COVID 19 Vaccination Effort. This is as a visit was made to the UC Irvine Medical Center to remind all on how truly Healthcare Worker Heroes Are.
As a new week dawns, please enjoy a snapshot of the week that was that saw in our World courtesy the team at the Visual Capitalist, the Economist of London, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and Bloomberg:
Senate Democrats will not have to court Republican votes on a Biden administration infrastructure package if they don't want to, according to a friendly ruling from the chamber's parliamentarian on Monday.
Here’s the latest news from the global pandemic.
How vaccine skeptics created a movement
In early 2015, as news broke that a significant measles outbreak had hit Disneyland, Carl Krawitt was outraged.
But there was a problem: Rhett had recently started kindergarten in Marin County, a San Francisco suburb with triple the number of vaccine exemptions of the California average at the time. Measles requires more than 95% of kids to be vaccinated to prevent outbreaks. Krawitt was aghast that children couldn’t take peanut butter to school because someone might be allergic, but it was OK for parents to forgo vaccinations for their kids and put his son’s life at risk.
The Disneyland measles outbreak made clear that the number of people opting out of vaccination was significant. But it also changed the people protesting vaccines. Before that, activists speaking out mainly had been parents concerned about their children’s safety. The push to get rid of personal-belief exemptions changed the conversation. It became political. It became about choice and freedom and democracy. And it’s where many of the arguments against vaccines that we’ve seen during the Covid pandemic first took shape.
“This is where we really saw this coalescence around the idea of vaccination as a civil liberties issue,” says Amelia Jamison, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University who studies health misinformation. “The anti-vaxxers kind of felt endangered or in peril. And then they started to mobilize.”
The vaccine drive
After a year of anxiety and isolation, millions of Americans a day are getting immunized against Covid-19, and starting to get their lives back. “It feels like a more optimistic time,” says Joseph Kanter, a Louisiana Department of Health official. See the stories here.
What you should read
Skepticism, misinformation curb efforts to protect most diverse communities.
Telecommuting can save energy and reduce emissions, unless it doesn’t.
CDC report suggests shots effectively cut transmission, not just illnesses.
Not enough Americans are vaccinated to stave off a new wave amid strains.
Treaty could provide the WHO with more power to fight new health threats.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Sunday, April 4, 2021
As a new month and a new Quarter rolls, here are some of the sights & "Virtual Sounds" of the week that was:
A knife-wielding suspect involved in a vehicle-ramming incident outside the U.S. Capitol reportedly died Friday afternoon.
Suez Grounding Was an Accident. The Next Blocked Chokepoint Might Not Be.
By Scott Savitz
The recent spectacle of the hulking container ship wedged into the Suez Canal is a reminder of how vulnerable maritime transportation is to blocked chokepoints. While the Ever Giving appears to have gotten stuck by accident, military planners must remember that such blockages can be inflicted on purpose.
President Joe Biden promised to be the country's most liberal chief executive since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and historians say he is keeping that campaign pledge.
The country hurtles towards collapse as power brokers refuse to form a government
MARCH 31, 2021 by David Gardner