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Waiving patents on COVID-19 vaccines no magic pill for shortage

May 6, 2021
Global vaccine distribution also depends on access to information and having enough production plants.
To ensure that lifting patent restrictions has an impact, vaccine companies need to share know-how with manufacturers around the world.
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Countries want tourists back if they're vaccinated. That may lead to vaccine passports.

May 5, 2021
What counts as proof of immunization when there's no global database to tell a fake apart from the real thing?
"The train’s left the station. It's happening," says Jen Kates, director of global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "So many countries have said they're doing this. It's just a matter of how to make it work," and how to make it as fair and equitable as possible.
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More companies plan to incentivize vaccination rather than require it — for now

Apr 30, 2021
Nearly 90% of U.S. companies plan to encourage or require employees to get vaccinated; 65% plan to offer incentives.
Some employers are also considering how to make COVID-19 vaccinations more accessible for their employees.
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Could waiving patents increase the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines?

Apr 30, 2021
Advocates for waiving say letting countries make generic vaccines would help. Skeptics say it's not that simple.
Right now, we don't have nearly enough vaccine supply for the world. A big reason for that is patents, said Amy Kapczynski, a law professor at Yale.
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Apple will spend more than $1 billion on new campus in North Carolina's Triangle

Apr 26, 2021
The move's all about attracting talent — a lot of it.
Apple's North Carolina branch may attract workers who don't want to live in San Francisco or New York City.
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Biden's pitch: tackling climate change will create lots of jobs

Apr 23, 2021
But will it create them where oil and coal jobs have been lost?
"A solar job being created in California does not replace a coal economy job in eastern Kentucky," said one expert.
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Many younger Black Americans started investing in the stock market during the pandemic

Apr 20, 2021
According to a recent survey, 30% of Black investors under 40 first got into the market in 2020.
Black Americans who didn't grow up talking about investing are now able to pass on information they never had to their own friends and family.
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CDC: Vacant middle seats on flights reduce COVID exposure risk

Apr 19, 2021
But most major domestic airlines have already stopped blocking those seats.
This late in the pandemic, though, this data might not make a whole lot of difference when it comes to airlines' policies.
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Americans cannot wait to get the heck out of their homes and go on vacation

Apr 16, 2021
To wit: "Plan a trip to Disney World” Google searches increased 2600% between March and April.
Google searches for "plan a trip to Disney World" went up 2600% between March and April of this year.
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How to achieve vaccination equity? In Philly, the answer is walk-in clinics

Apr 15, 2021
The number of Black and Hispanic residents getting vaccinated in Philadelphia increased by more than 50% where the city reserved shots for walk-ins.
People line up to be vaccinated at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Philadelphia. The walk-in-only COVID-19 vaccine clinic is run by the nonprofit Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium.
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