Could Rediscovery of Rare Owl Be a Hopeful Sign for Other ‘Lost Birds’? EcoWatch (Furzy Mouse).
Mammals evolved big brains after big disasters Science Daily. Hopefully!
U.S. will back proposal to waive intellectual property rights and boost Covid-19 vaccine production STAT. Here is the US Trade Representative’s Press Release:
These extraordinary times and circumstances of call for extraordinary measures.
— Ambassador Katherine Tai (@AmbassadorTai) May 5, 2021
“We will actively participate in text-based negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) needed to make that happen. Those negotiations will take time given the consensus-based nature of the institution and the complexity of the issues involved.” So, there will be fine print, and we will need to see it. Nevertheless, it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick! (Oh, and see Sanders on May 2.)
Fauci: The U.S. has a ‘moral obligation’ to help with global pandemic response Politico. Fauci: “I am certainly not against anything that can get doses of vaccine quickly into the arms of people in the developing world.” In Links 5/4: Fauci warns against discarding trade rules on Covid vaccines FT Fauci be nimble, Fauci be quick….
* * *SARS-CoV-2 infection of the oral cavity and saliva Nature. From the Abstract: “Collectively, these data show that the oral cavity is an important site for SARS-CoV-2 infection and implicate saliva as a potential route of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.” • Droplets (tiny loogies) making a comeback as a secondary mode of transmission? * * *Densely sampled viral trajectories suggest longer duration of acute infection with B.1.1.7 variant relative to non-B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 (preprint) Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. From the Abstract: “These data offer evidence that SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 may cause longer infections with similar peak viral concentration compared to non-B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2. This extended duration may contribute to B.1.1.7 SARS CoV-2’s increased transmissibility.”
NVX-CoV2373 Vaccine Efficacy against B.1.351 in South Africa NEJM Novavax. From the Discussion: “Although these findings require further confirmation, our observations suggest that vaccination with prototype-sequenced NVX-CoV2373 conferred a degree of cross-protection against an immunologic escape variant.” Commentary:
Most important new report today, and highly encouraging: Real world vaccine effectiveness (E) in >380,000 people in Qatar to B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.351 (South Africa) variants, *100% E vs severe illness both*👍 @NEJMhttps://t.co/JhP6zUt1LJ pic.twitter.com/Zkjk2ZpCo2
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) May 5, 2021
Delayed production of neutralizing antibodies correlates with fatal COVID-19 Nature. From the Discussion: “Specifically, our work suggests that there is a critical time window in which the neutralizing antibodies must develop to improve virological control and disease outcome.”
* * *Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. What Are They Thinking? The Atlantic
Mass-Vaccination Sites — An Essential Innovation to Curb the Covid-19 Pandemic NEJM. Well worth a read.
Washington shies away from open declaration to defend Taiwan FT. “‘There are some significant downsides to . . . strategic clarity,’ [Kurt Campbell, the White House Asia tsar] told the Financial Times Global Boardroom conference on Tuesday.”
Top US trade envoy signals intention to meet Chinese counterpart soon FT. Tai seems busy!
As Morrison declares war on China, US retreats Macrobusiness
Ling Huawei: China’s Dilemma in Dealing With Its ‘Big Four’ AMCs Caixin Global. Asset Management Companies.
The Surprising Strength of Chinese-Japanese Ties Foreign Affairs
Myanmar’s anti-coup bloc to form a ‘defence force’ Al Jazeera. Protests ongoing:
— Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) May 6, 2021
Myanmar’s military taking away young men to crush uprising Channel News Asia
As striking staff return to work, Myanmar’s banks face a cash crunch Frontier Myanmar. “‘I have a loan from a microfinance company that I need to repay and a family to support – a wife and a five-year-old daughter,’ he said. ‘It wouldn’t be easy for me to get another job, particularly as I’d have to change my career.'” I’d bet the Tatmadaw will hunt this poor young man down in any case. Why would they do anything else?
Myanmar parcel bomb blasts kill five people, including ousted NLD lawmaker South China Morning Post. Ugly.
Crew Change Restrictions Widen on Indian COVID-19 Surge Ship & Bunker
Boris Johnson is on a hat-trick! Prime Minister looks set to demolish ‘Red Wall’ with three more victories in Labour heartlands as poll puts Tories TEN POINTS ahead before Britain heads to polls TODAY Daily Mail
Your move, Macron: Boris Johnson sends two Royal Navy vessels armed with cannon and machine guns to stop French fishermen from blockading Jersey in dramatic escalation of conflict with Paris over post-Brexit fisheries Daily Mail
Washington’s Green Branches in Europe Consortium News
Royal Ascot Encourages Guests to Wear Secondhand Outfits Treehugger (Furzy Mouse).
Son of the soil Pedro Castillo promises a presidency for Peru’s poor Guardian. Run-off next month.
New Cold War
Opinion: Russia’s plot to control the Internet is no longer a secret WaPo. David Ignatius. Of course.
Biden Wants to Replicate China’s Infrastructure Miracle Foreign Policy
Good Thing She Isn’t Fed Chair Eschaton
Our Famously Free Press
Facebook’s oversight board whiffed. Trump deserves a permanent exile. Margaret Sullivan, WaPo.
Major Depressive Disorders Have an Enormous Economic Impact Scientific American
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Imperial Collapse Watch
No Country for New Babies Eric Levitz, New York Magazine
How a ‘time of crisis’ creates a ‘crisis of time’ The Long-Termist’s Field Guide
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