Taking Up “Arms” Against COVID

Deepnews Digest #98

Taking Up “Arms” Against COVID

Editor: Christopher Brennan
After months of waiting and approaching a full year of COVID spread, vaccines have finally been injected into arms in places such as the UK and US. The coming days may bring more good news, with potential approval in Europe and a second vaccine slated to get the green light in the States. With a flood of articles this week, we set the Deepnews Scoring Model to look for in-depth articles from the last couple days on all the angles. Here are the results.

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Financial Times ($)

FT People of the Year: BioNTech’s Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci

By developing a Covid vaccine in less than a year, the couple achieved a remarkable scientific and business success.

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Nikkei Asian Review

Turkey to deploy Chinese COVID vaccine as Beijing aims for clout

ISTANBUL — Turkey, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East by the coronavirus, is rushing to deploy vaccines as quickly as possible, and the Chinese are eager to help.

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ProPublica

Vaccinating Black Americans Is Essential. Key States Aren’t Doing the Work to Combat Hesitancy

States and the federal government also don’t reliably collect data so we won’t have a good idea of whether the vaccine is reaching these critical populations.

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Wyo File

The COVID-19 vaccines’ long, cold trip to Wyoming

When a nurse pierced emergency room worker Patrick Almond’s right arm with a syringe holding 0.3 milliliters of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson on Wednesday, it marked the end of a long, cold trip for the concoction named BNT162b2.

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Editor’s Note:

Several articles on this list deal with the logistics of the different vaccines. Here the team at non-profit Wyo File looks at how the historic shots made it to them. – Christopher Brennan, Editor

Wall Street Journal ($)

The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’

Trucks filled with Covid-19 vaccine vials pulled out of Pfizer Inc.’s Kalamazoo, Mich., production plant on Sunday morning, part of one of the largest mass mobilizations since the country’s factories were repurposed to help fight World War II.

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Politics Home

Make use of local resources to achieve rural roll-out of the vaccine

The beginning of the end is in sight. But if remote areas of the UK are to get there safely, some community planning is required

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Down to Earth India

Lateral Thoughts: A paradigm change in clinical trials

The rich and famous are clamouring to get the ‘experimental’ COVID-19 vaccine

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11 Alive

As COVID vaccine arrives in Atlanta, rural areas of Georgia continue to wait

ATLANTA — As they watched a COVID-19 vaccine arrive at many of the hospitals around the Atlanta area today, directors of clinics in some of Georgia’s smaller communities and rural areas told 11Alive don’t know when they will receive doses of the vaccine.

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CNBC

CVS Health, Walgreens start to provide Covid vaccines at thousands of hard-hit nursing homes

CVS Health and Walgreens are starting to give Covid-19 vaccinations to residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, making them among the first Americans to receive the shots.

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Financial Times ($)

Moderna Covid vaccine set to receive US approval

The US drugs regulator will grant emergency approval to a second coronavirus vaccine in the coming days, a decision that will make it the first country to have authorised two inoculations against the virus.

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Star Tribune

University of Minnesota grocery store worker antibody study to help unlock COVID-19 clues

A University of Minnesota study of COVID-19 in grocery store workers could help solve vexing questions about the true spread of the infectious disease and guide state strategies to slow it down before the vaccine is broadly available.

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New York Times

With First Dibs on Vaccines, Rich Countries Have ‘Cleared the Shelves’

As a growing number of coronavirus vaccines advance through clinical trials, wealthy countries are fueling an extraordinary gap in access around the world, laying claim to more than half the doses that could come on the market by the end of next year.

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CNN

The EU is plagued with divisions. Covid-19 vaccines are a golden chance to redeem the European project

The EU is plagued with divisions. Covid-19 vaccines are a golden chance to redeem the European project

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Editor’s Note:

In Europe, securing vaccines was handled by the European Commission. Here Kara Fox digs into the rollout and what it means for the bloc going forward. – Christopher Brennan, Editor

North Jersey

Some NJ religious leaders urge faithful to take the COVID vaccine, despite some moral qualms

As Pfizer rolls out its much anticipated COVID-19 vaccine at hospitals across the country this week, many religious leaders are urging their followers to receive it with open arms — despite moral qualms by some faithful.

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Times Now News

India may need to spend $1.8 billion on COVID vaccines in first phase: The math, explained

At the other end of the spectrum, if only 95 to 125 million doses were received by India from the COVAX initiative, the nation’s procurement cost rises markedly to $1.8 billion

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Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine lawmakers: Missed Pfizer deal smells of ‘kickvac’

Sen Kiko Pangilinan on Thursday (Dec 17) said some government officials may be held liable for graft over the government’s failure to secure a deal for 10 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had helped to arrange for the Philippines.

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Tampa Bay Times

DeSantis says Florida shipments of vaccines are ‘on hold.’ Pfizer disagrees.

TALLAHASSEE — Less than a week into its program to vaccinate millions of residents to protect them from the coronavirus, Florida has hit a potential speed bump.

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Enterprise IoT Insights

Covid-19 vaccine shipments – a defining public proof-point for IoT tracking?

If there was ever a critical proof-point for the efficacy of IoT technologies, then this is it: the coordinated global shipment of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines. This is the moment, arguably, in late 2020, going into 2021, when the world’s gaze falls obliquely on the covert industrial trend of massive-scale ‘sensorization’. This is the time when the world appears critically reliant on the twin IoT disciplines of asset tracking and asset monitoring.

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Tennessee Lokoout

As COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, health care officials work to allay mistrust in Black, immigrant communities

For many Tennesseans, the COVID-19 vaccine is a one-size-fits-all solution to returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, but for Black and immigrant Tennesseans, the trials and pending vaccinations are exposing long-standing health inequities in minority communities.

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Voice of America

Thai Firm Joins with AstraZeneca to Make COVID-19 Vaccine for Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Thailand says a local laboratory’s pact with Britain’s AstraZeneca will make the Southeast Asian country the regional hub for supplies of what’s likely to be one of the leading vaccines against COVID-19 as governments scramble to lock in supplies.

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Editor’s Note:

While Europe and North America are starting their campaigns, other parts of the world are preparing. Here VoA looks into Thailand’s plans to become a regional hub for vaccine supplies in Southeast Asia. – Christopher Brennan