10/25/21 1:16 PM 3 min read

KOACORE Weekly News 10/25 - A Recipe For Regression

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As many developed nations reach high vaccination rates, the future of the pandemic globally will largely rely upon the administration of vaccines in low-income countries, particularly Africa. In Africa, only a handful of countries on the continent met their 10% vaccination rate goal by the end of September. Increased scrutiny is being placed on vaccine manufacturers, particularly Moderna who publicly claimed they will not be sharing their vaccine formula for manufacturing.

While it sounds callous, in reality sharing the recipe for the vaccine would be ineffective, because low income nations do not have the infrastructure or capabilities to scale up high-tech & medically above grade facilities to distribute vaccines in a time-efficient fashion. Regardless, the fact that only 2% of vaccines have been administered in Africa, when it is home to 16.75% of the worlds population creates a problem for the development of future variants. Instead, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson need to work more closely with WHO, Covax, and African nations to accelerate the distribution of vaccines so that variants do not develop in that region, potentially regressing all of the progress made to this point.

We also examine how public health systems in the U.S. are actually worse off now compared to the start of the pandemic. Due to significantly high turnover, paired with restrictive legislation taking away power from public health professionals, and frustrating sentiments from communities, laborers in public health are becoming harder to find. Surely, nobody wants to be in a worse position now relative to before the pandemic, but the scrutiny and adversity these workers face is causing the mass exodus from the field. 

Plus we review new information from bats in Laos that provide more insight on the origins of Covid-19, how many jobs were lost in the UK nightlife sector due to shutdowns, and why Covid-19 vaccine booster shots were not tweaked to better match variants. 

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