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A gem from our Digest

One of our recent Digests looks at the vaccine rollout around the world Deepnews pulls in articles from all sorts of sources who go out in the field to report, including this piece from Kaiser Health News on vaccine websites in California.

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Kaiser Health News
Tech Companies Mobilize to Schedule Vaccine Appointments, But Often Fall Short

On Jan. 14 at 8:43 p.m., Patrick McKenzie tweeted a plea for tech engineers to help him set up a website to track covid-19 vaccine availability in California. McKenzie, who heads a Bay Area financial services tech company, issued the call to “anyone in California [who] wants to do a civtech project which matters.”

Columbus Dispatch
Independent Ohio pharmacies point to West Virginia as model for COVID vaccine rollout

As Ohio tries to bolster its COVID-19 vaccine distribution, a neighbor to the south may offer a possible strategy.

A gem from local news loves local news. There is a a lot of excellent reporting from outlets that you may not have heard of around the world, covering their communities in ways that have national or international implications. 

With distribution of a vaccine often taking place on a local level, this week our algorithm highlighted a piece from the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio on comparisons between states.

Chosen by Christopher Brennan, Editor

A gem from the 
world of research

Our algorithm looks for quality content beyond the realm of traditional news outlets. This includes think tanks, trade magazines, and projects of all shapes and sizes digging into niche issues.

Here is a piece from New Mandala, an outlet focused on Southeast Asia hosted at Australian National University, about foreign policy, Indonesia, and ethnic Chinese people living there. In-depth research you might have missed.

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New Mandala
How China’s foreign policy shapes prejudice against Chinese Indonesians

How do Indonesians’ views on the People’s Republic of China at large shape their attitudes towards Chinese Indonesians? Do China’s domestic and foreign policy actions have consequences on prejudice towards Chinese Indonesians? Our study finds that they do indirectly, by first affecting the benefits and drawbacks that Indonesians perceive in fostering close Sino-Indonesian relations.