EScAPE Newsletter, Issue #10

Reports that are of interest for the week

Scientists urge swift action to prepare for next pandemic
An international team of researchers led by a professor at the University of Virginia school of Medicine warns scientists that they should better prepare for the next pandemic and has created an “advanced information system” (AIS) to do so. 

Franklin Institute recognizes scientist at forefront of developing the COVID-19 vaccine
Kizzmekia S. Corbett has received the Benjamin Franklin NextGen Award due to her contributions to the field of viral immunology and vaccine development, which induced the mRNA-based vaccine to counteract the coronavirus. 

Clear up the confusion on ‘first dose’ vaccine strategy
In this article, they talk about the speculation going on behind the “first dose first” technique in Canada. Some believe that policy makers are disregarding science advice and putting certain groups like the elderly and cancer patients at risk to make it look like they are rolling out vaccines quicker. 

A Collapse Foretold: How Brazil’s Covid-19 Outbreak Overwhelmed Hospitals
This NYT article goes into depth on the rapid spread of COVID in Brazil, including pictures of hospitals and stories describing the political conditions and hospital conditions.

Exclusive: Facebook freezes Venezuela president Maduro’s page over COVID-19 misinformation
Facebook is freezing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page for 30 days for posting a video and promoting Carvativir, which is an oral solution that he claims is a ‘miracle medication”. They are following WHO’s guidance that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus. 

The Biden administration will investigate Trump-era attacks on science
The Biden administration aims to look back at the policies that were supposed to protect science and understand why they didn’t work. Then, they plan to implement a new plan, along with the EPA, to help project science in the future and make sure science advice is correct. 

COVID-19 recovery: science isn’t enough to save us
This article looks into the impact that social science can and should have in times like the pandemic. Even though physical structures and STEM science is important, the way that social sciences and humanities study human interactions is extremely important as well. 

Proceedings Report: Science Advice and Diplomacy in the Battle against COVID-19 [Webinar]
This is a report on what science advice currently looks like in Nepal in response to the pandemic. The topics of discussion include “vaccine acquisition and administration, misinformation and its influence on vaccine hesitancy, dissemination of scientific knowledge to policy makers and the general public, international scientific collaborations, science-policy cooperation, pandemic preparedness, and many others.

Medical Cultures Lab Seminar: Mobilization of expert knowledge and advice for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy
On April 13, 2021 Silvia Camporesi will be presenting her work on the management of COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.

WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part
This is WHO’s updated report on the origins of the COVID-19 virus.

Podcast: Roger Pielke Jr on Shadow Science Advice
Roger Pielke Jr talking about the EScAPE project in a podcast with SAPEA.

INGSA’s Horizon Series- Prof Roger Pielke- Proactive Science Advice and the challenges of democracy
Another podcast that Roger Pielke Jr was able to talk about the EScaPE Project in. This was with the International Science Council.