EScAPE Newsletter, Issue #19

Reports that are of interest for the week

Dominic Cummings: Thousands died needlessly after Covid mistakes
In this article, the top advisor of the Prime Minister of Britain, Dominic Cummings, talks about the mistakes he believes occurred with the reactions of the leaders of Great Britain during the pandemic

One million excess deaths in 29 countries. And more science news
This article gives several different links to research involving data from the pandemic. This research includes information on higher income countries, racial disparities, and long-term effects of COVID-19 on those infected.

US joins calls for transparent, science-based investigation into Covid origins
Countries such as the US, Australia, Japan, and Portugal are asking that there is more progress in a scientific investigation involving the origins of COVID-19. It is believed that if the origins are understood, we can better protect against a future pandemic.

How independent were the US and British vaccine advisory committees?
Even though experts are required to disclose any ties to industry they have before they are able to advise on a panel, research is showing that many people on these panels had specific ties to industries that were not disclosed to the public.

Between 20,000 and 30,000 lives could have been saved with earlier lockdown
After Dominic Cummings came out stating that the UK could have saved many lives if specific mistakes had not been made, Professor Neil Ferguson talked about how if the UK had a plan 2 weeks earlier, a great many lives would have been saved.

Cobey: COVID-19 shows the need for ‘open science’ in Canada and elsewhere
Author Kelly Cobey talks about the importance of having research information available to all people, not just those that can pay or those that have done the research.

Opinion: Beware of ‘expert’ consensus. The covid-19 lab leak theory shows why
Scientists rarely come to an agreement on what they believe the facts are based on the data. However, that information is rarely released to the public, along with the other possibilities. This article goes into why blindly believing a scientific consensus can lead to some issues.

Covid UK: Boris Johnson warned June 21 is ‘too early’ to lift lockdown
The lockdown in England is set to lift on June 21st, however, some experts including Linda Bauld are saying that this is too early and could cause another surge of the spread of COVID-19.

UIC leads new collaborative to reduce COVID-19 disparities
COVID-19 rates among Black and Latino residents significantly outpace rates among white residents. Students and professors at the University of Illinois Chicago are looking into this and working to boost a positive atmosphere in these communities for getting vaccinated.