EScAPE Newsletter, Issue #35

Reports that are of interest for the week

How Ivermectin became the new focus of the anti-vaccine movement
This article provides general information about the drug ivermectin, including why we haven’t been using it to treat COVID-19 and why people want to use it to treat the virus.

Calgary doctor calls for medical equipment to help pregnant women with COVID-19
Dr. Stephanie Cooper in Alberta posted a Twitter message asking for 50 home oxygen monitors for pregnant women with COVID-19. She states here that she understands how scary it can be to get the COVID-19 vaccine as a pregnant woman, however, it is important to do so.

COVID-19 vaccine’s impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist
A large number of women are experiencing changes in their menstrual cycle due to the COVID-19 vaccine all over the world. In the US the National Institute of Health is investing $1.67 million into understanding this effect however in many trial runs women have not been included, especially in the UK.

U.N. says world likely to miss climate targets despite COVID pause in emissions
Even though there was the economic downturn during the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2019-2020, there was no lasting effect on reducing human impact on the environment. We will be unable to reduce warming by 1.5 degrees Celsius as planned in the Paris Agreement.

Top doctors say not so fast to Biden’s boosters-for-all plan
In August, US President Biden declared that he had big plans to deliver a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to all Americans, which was shot down by a key advisory panel who said those doses should only be for ages 65 and older until poorer countries were able to provide vaccines to their own people.

What can social science research teach us about COVID-19 vaccine deployment?
This article talks about three different studies done by social scientists looking at vaccine confidence in relation to community engagement. It also talks about the importance of social science in pandemics.

Covid-19 News: Booster invitations will be sent to over 50s in England
During the week of September 20th, 1.5 million people in England will be invited to schedule their coronavirus vaccine booster shot. These people include age 50 and over, frontline health and care workers, and people living in care homes. Vaccinations have also been occurring with 12-to-15-year-olds and are reaching to 5-to-11-year-olds.