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A Coronavirus Vaccine Will Depend On Global Cooperation but why?

Developing and producing a vaccine is a complicated process – one that is heavily reliant on countries sharing supplies and a common goal, says Prashant Yadav of the Center for Global Development. These days, it seems any morsel of good news about a coronavirus vaccine sends hopes – and markets – soaring. The reality is, developing and producing a vaccine is an incredibly complicated process – one that is heavily reliant on global cooperation, says Prashant Yadav, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. For one, “Just protecting…

Humanity’s next virus killer, is it CRISPR?

On February 19, Tim Abbott, a PhD candidate at Stanford University’s Bioengineering Department, checked the results of an experiment that he was running as a part of a team using the gene-manipulating Crispr technology to fight coronavirus. Abbott was working out of the lab of Stanley Qi, a pioneer developing Crispr tools that can mess with cancer cells and the like to fight diseases. Using an approach the lab called PAC-MAN, the idea was to attack the coronavirus by directing a Crispr torpedo at it, attacking the virus’s genetic makeup…

Greenland, 0 pandemic deaths

The pandemic may yet strike hard – dangerously hard – in Greenland with its scattered population of some 57,000 and a limited health care system. A grim history of deadly epidemics brought to Greenland in the 18th and 19th century by European colonists has fuelled fears that the coronavirus, if not checked, will fast reach the many small outlying villages, thereby creating urgent and impossible demands for emergency air transport and intensive care in Greenland’s small hospitals. As the death toll in Europe mushrooms, Greenland outside of Nuuk is still…

How COVID-19 Has Affected Global Air Pollution

If there’s a sliver of good news, it’s about how the spread of the new coronavirus has been decreasing air pollution, and possibly even saving lives in the process. Back on March 8, Stanford University environmental resource economist Marshall Burke did some back-of-the-envelope calculations about the recent air pollution drop over parts of China and potential lives saved, posting it on a global food, environment and economic dynamics blog, G-FEED. The situation has continued to unfold since then, so those numbers won’t stay current for long; but according to Burke,…

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