EScAPE Newsletter, Issue 14

Reports that are of interest for the week

How Ontario’s health advisors handled the ‘darkest day’ of the pandemic
This article goes into the dynamics of the relationship between the Ontario’s Science Table and Doug Ford. It talks about the science advice given and what Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet did with that information.

Predicting the next pandemic virus is harder than we think
To predict future pandemics, researchers are attempting “ zoonotic risk prediction” however, some feel that it will have limited value and suggest looking at human-animal interface instead

Randall Denley: Most of Ford’s mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisor’s advice
This article talks more about the issues in Ontario, specifically how he is listening to the science despite what people are saying.

Is scientific and medical advice leading Ontario’s COVID response?
This podcast talks further about the decisions from the government in Ontario

Millions of Americans are skipping their second vaccine doses, CDC says
Eight percent of people in the US cancelled their second shot due to fear of the side effects, feeling like the first shot had enough protection, or their provider not having enough of the right vaccine to give to them.

‘Vaccine apartheid’: US under fire sitting on stockpile while developing nations face deadly shortage
10 countries globally hold around 75% of the vaccines, and many countries are struggling to vaccinate their people. For example, 41% of the US is vaccinated while less than 0.1 percent of Namibia is vaccinated.

Virus chief says need to stay home more urgent under new emergency
Yasutoshi Nishimura asked residents of Tokyo and areas around Tokyo to not leave their homes unless it was essential as they battle the virus during the Golden Week Holiday period.

Covid: Science advisors call for better PPE for healthcare workers
• This article gives insight into what advice NHS staff is getting around wearing masks and empowering frontline workers to do what they feel is safe for themselves.

Scientists day the rush to do COVID research led to a whole lot of waste
Due to the rush of researchers working to understand the COVID-19 virus, there is a large number of wasted studies and research that was never finished, which can lead to lost resources and hope.

A man who got his first COVID-19 vaccine a year ago in Moderna’s clinical trial just received his third shot- and he’s feeling great
This article follows Ian Haydon who in April of 2020 got his first Moderna vaccine in a clinical trial and is now getting his third booster shot. He has an extensive social media following where he talks about his experience with being vaccinated.

Press briefing by White House COVID-19 response team and public health officials
On April 23rd, the White House released this progress brief going into what the US had accomplished and how to solve the problems to come. They go into detail about proving vaccines equally to everyone and how they plan to do so in the future.

Biden has reversed Trump’s war on science in his first 100 days
This article talks about what Biden has done to bridge the gap between science and policy during the beginning of his presidency.

‘We are being ignored’: Brazil’s researchers blame anti-science government for devastating COVID surge
President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration has been publicly undermining science contributing to the surge of cases and lack of vaccine distribution.