EScAPE Newsletter, Issue #34

Reports that are of interest for the week

Two departing FDA leaders among scientists who say Covid-19 vaccines do not currently ‘show a need for boosting’
Two FDA vaccine leaders who are soon to be retired, Dr. Phillip Krause and Marion Gruber, have stated to the public that there is no need for vaccine boosters. They have found in research and data there hasn’t been any severe disease from COVID-19 for the average person if vaccinated.

As India’s lethal Covid wave neared, politics overrode science
After the intense second wave of Covid-19 struck India, many citizens are wondering why the government wasn’t prepared and why they were not warned. A physician from a top agency, Dr. Anup Agarwal speaks up about scientists being silenced before the second wave and what effect it had.

No vaccine, no access rules could work from November, govt hears from science advisors
In South Africa, about three quarters of adults have not been vaccinated, leading to restaurants and other entertainment venues not functioning at full capacity. However, as vaccine rates go up, this will change, and they may add a no-vaccine-no-entry policy to some places.

Dutch advice boosters only for immune-compromised
This brief article simply states that as of right now, the Dutch medical advisory body sees no reason to give boosters to the average person, and they should prioritize boosters of vaccines for those with “seriously compromised immune systems.”

Multilateralism ‘failed badly’ during COVID-19
Due to the pandemic, the world has seen the “enormous inequalities” in health care and vaccinations, as well as general inequalities between people and countries. This article talks more about the lessons we need to learn as a globe and what steps we should take after witnessing these errors.

China’s biotechnology helps Serbia fight pandemic, make scientific progress: Serbian expert
China recently transferred its vaccine production technology to Serbia, allowing for the construction of a new production facility for vaccines that will be completed in March 2022.

Denmark lifts all Covid restrictions, crediting high vaccine uptake
Government officials in Denmark have lifted all COVID-19 restrictions as of Friday September 10, 2021. There are regulations in which people will have to show vaccine passports to enter nightclubs, and around 83% of people over the age of 12 are vaccinated.

Why it’s so tricky to trace the origin of COVID-19
This article explains the ins and outs of how to track a virus, specifically COVID-19. It gives an overview of the research that has been done so far, explains what evidence virus detectives need to detect the origins of the virus, what the different assumptions are so far, and what needs to happen to finally understand where the virus came from.