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Spain Welcomes Tourists As It Ends Coronavirus State Of Emergency

Spain officially ended its national state of emergency this past Sunday (June 21st) after spending the past three months in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain’s 47 million citizens will now be able to freely travel throughout the entire country for the first time since Mid-March. The country is also allowing visitors from the 27 European countries that have also approved of visa-free travel without requiring them to quarantine for two weeks. 

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made a statement when he lifted the order, claiming that health, safety, and hygiene policies must still be enforced and followed, and he also warned that “the virus can return and it can hit us again in a second wave, and we have to do whatever we can to avoid that at all costs.” 

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According to Spain’s tourism industry, the country typically attracts 80 million tourists every year, which makes vacationers responsible for about 12% of Spain’s overall economy. The country has obviously not seen anywhere close to those numbers yet, and even with Spain reopening some of its larger airports, the country is still seeing a massive decline in travel, as is the rest of the world. 

Several local restaurants and bars within Spain have remained open throughout the past three months, however, many had outdoor seating and/or major social distancing policies enforced within them. In regards to other spanish speaking countries in the world, Spain has truly remained the least infected, however, the damage the virus inflicted on the country was still extremely devastating. 

According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been keeping extensive records of all Covid-19 cases throughout the world since this pandemic initially began, Spain’s death toll is more than 28,000, the third-highest in Europe, however, Spain is also one of the larger countries in Europe as well. 

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Other countries like Brazil, however, are dealing with nearly 50,000 new cases every single day! According to health officials in Brazil, President Jair Bolosonaro has been downplaying the risks of Covid-19 the same exact way that President Trump is here in the US; unsurprisingly, the US and Brazil currently occupy the top two sports for highest death tolls in the world. 

South Africa is reporting around 5,000 new cases everyday, and recorded 46 deaths this past weekend. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that they would also be loosening their lockdown restrictions, despite case numbers continuing to increase. In all of these countries the rush to reopen is driven by the desire to improve the economy. 

India began easing their lockdowns last month and it helped their economy recover slightly, however, it resulted in a massive spike in cases as well. Now, New Delhi is converting its train carriages to makeshift Covid-19 ICU beds. 

Here in the US, the virus is mainly spreading throughout the West and the South, specifically among the many states that began prematurely opening within the past month. States like Arizona, California, Florida, and South Carolina are all reporting record-breaking single-day spikes in cases as a direct result of those re-openings as well. 

While the desire to get back to a life of normalcy and rebuild the extensive damage done to the economy is strong, we have to remember that this pandemic is nowhere near finished. Case numbers are continuously rising, and haven’t stopped. Listen to your healthcare providers and wear a mask in public, continue to abide by social distancing policies, and stay home, we’re all in this together unless we aren’t.

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Arizona, California, And Florida Among States With Record-Breaking Coronavirus Case Numbers

Arizona, California, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas have all reported state record-breaking single-day increases in coronavirus cases within this past week alone. The numbers are a result of a multitude of states in the South and West that are reporting an increase in new infections and hospitalizations. Most of the states experiencing record-setting case numbers were the ones who aggressively reopened within the past month. 

In Arizona specifically there’s been 2,519 new cases reported for this Thursday alone, which surpassed their previous single-day high of 2,392. Arizona has reported that many of their hospitals are nearing capacity due to this massive spike, and the patients who are currently in the ICU make up about 84% of all sick patients for the state. 

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Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey recently announced a slew of new policies that would require things like masks and gloves to be worn throughout certain establishments/when in public in general; something many other states have been continuously doing since this pandemic began. 

Florida officials announced 3,207 new cases of Covid-19 also appeared this Thursday morning; their previous single-day peak was at 2,783 cases, so this is a huge difference for the state. The total number of cases in Florida is around 86,000, making them one of the most infected states in the country. They also were among the first states to reopen, and generally speaking, they never fully adopted social distancing/lockdown procedures for a majority of its cities and residential areas. 

California officials reported 4,084 new coronavirus cases this Thursday, this is the first time the state has reported more than 4,000 cases in a single day. The state itself has reported a total of 161,099 cases, and around 5,200 deaths due to the virus. Los Angeles County is the epicenter of new cases for California, which reported 2,115 of the 4,084 new cases this Thursday. Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide restriction on movement and business re-openings, however, he also allowed for the reopening of restaurants and retail stores back in May. 

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South Carolina only reported 987 new cases this Thursday, however, this is the most cases the state has seen in a single week. In total South Carolina has recorded 21,533, but it’s important to note that these drastic differences in case numbers per state are dependent on population size. So 21,000+ cases in South Carolina for them is just as severe as 80,000+ cases in Florida. 

“There is no vaccine for COVID-19. There are only individual behaviors and actions we must all maintain that help stop its spread. This virus does not spread on its own. It’s spread around our state by infected people who carry it wherever they go – their work, the supermarket, the post office, a friend’s house,” said South Carolina state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell, as she pleaded with residents to continue to wear masks and stay home.

Texas reported 3,516 new cases Thursday, topping their previous record of 3,129. Texas itself is nearing the 100,000 mark for its total number of cases. Governor Greg Abott recently gave a news briefing in which he urged his citizens not to panic and that a majority of this spike likely came from the prison systems in Texas. However, Abott didn’t acknowledge the fact that they ended their stay-at-home order on May 1st, which prompted many residents to return to their normal lives, mask free. 

Case numbers for Covid-19 are continuously rising and that pattern will continue unless everyone agrees to abide by social distancing protocols and personal stay-home orders. Government officials understandably want to reopen so that their economies can begin to recover, however, it’ll be impossible to revive the economy if every citizen is sick in a hospital or worse, dead.

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Trump Faces Backlash For Scheduling Rally On Juneteenth In Tulsa, Oklahoma

President Donald Trump is planning on restarting his campaign rallies for the November 2020 election, however, he’s already received some major backlash given the context of the entire announcement. Trump’s campaign trail was put to an obvious halt amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still very much a public health issue that has infected nearly 2 million Americans and killed more than 112,000 people in the US alone. 

The New York Times reported this week that Trump’s first “rebooted rally” will be taking place on June 19th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Right away, individuals on social media pointed out that Trump scheduled this rally on Juneteenth; a national holiday meant to celebrate the end of slavery, it’s also referred to as Independence Day for Black Americans. Beyond that, the fact that the rally is taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma – the same spot that the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 that killed over 300 black Americans took place – has many individuals angry with the president’s tone deafness given the current protests against police brutality in light of George Floyd’s murder. 

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The Tulsa Race Massacre occurred almost 100 years ago in Oklahoma in a place referred to at the time as “Black Wall Street.” This area of Tulsa was technically known as the Greenwood District, and was known for its large population of successful black Americans (there were over 300 black-owned businesses in the district). Unfortunately, successful black individuals caused racial tensions to heighten among white individuals living in Tulsa, as they were threatened by that success. 

One day, a 17-year-old white girl named Sarah Page claimed that a 19-year-old black man, Dick Rowland, assaulted her, igniting massive mobs of armed white men to storm Black Wall Street. Rowland was arrested and held in court, where even larger white mobs waited outside for him to be released so that they could lynch him. The next part of the story varies based on who you ask, but basically, a group of black veterans came to the courthouse to try to deescalate the situation, eventually a gun shot was heard and complete chaos broke out, leaving two white men dead, and over 300 black individuals dead and many unaccounted for; even to this day. The newspaper headlines the next day, however, only reported on the white deaths. More than 1,200 houses were destroyed, and now an interstate is paved over the spot where Black Wall Street used to thrive. 

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Many individuals weren’t even aware of this massacre until these protests began, as they don’t teach about it in American schools. It’s ignited an even larger conversation about the type of history that’s taught in our education system, and the many stories/historical events involving black individuals, and POC in general, that have been completely erased from all textbooks. The president’s announcement that this will be where he hosts his first reboot rally has ignited that same frustration induced by lack his of acknowledgment in the protests as well. 

In a statement from Trump’s campaign adviser Katrina Pierson, she defended the decision to host the rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth, stating that: “As part of the party of Lincoln, Republicans are proud of the history of Juneteenth, which is the anniversary of the last reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. Joe Biden spent last Juneteenth raising money at a private fundraiser and defending comments he made celebrating his work with segregationist senators,” Pierson wrote.

Beyond the racial insensitivity that many are calling out Trump for in relation to this Juneteenth rally, many are also calling him out for restarting political rallies while we’re still in the middle of a worldwide health pandemic. This move was likely due to the fact that Trump is already behind Biden in the polls and the fact that Trump has done historically very well among his Oklahoma voters. 

The Centers for Disease Control is still emphasizing that all Americans should avoid mass gatherings at all cost. Oklahoma is one of the 19 states that has recently reported a spike in new Covid-19 cases amid many states reopening weeks ago. Within the past week alone Oklahoma has reported 7,480 new cases and 355 deaths. 

What’s most important is that everyone continues to take this pandemic as seriously as they were in March. Continue to social distance, where a mask in public settings, wash your hands consistently, and stay home unless absolutely necessary.

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‘Black Lives Matter’ Protests Are Happening All Over The World To Fight Racial Injustices

Protests against police brutality and systematic racism have been occurring in all 50 states within the past week as a result of the unfathomable murder of George Floyd. Beyond that, protests have also begun all across the globe to fight for America, and also the racism problems within each country. 

Specifically, the people of France began taking to the streets shortly after the protests in America began. More than 20,000 french individuals met up in the French capital this past Tuesday, despite a nationwide ban on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. They chanted “no justice, no peace” in french in front of the courthouse in Paris, and while the protest was partially inspired by what’s occurring here in America, the people of France were specifically chanting Justice for Adama Traoré

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In 2016, Traoré, a French black man, died in police custody in a small suburb outside of Paris. There is no video evidence of what occurred to Traoré while in custody, however, the people of France believe that he was murdered due to asphyxiation caused by the police, just like Floyd. Like countless cases of police brutality against black people in America, no arrests were ever made in Traoré’s case, and France has used the globe’s motivation for change for their own country, and are now demanding justice. 

“Tonight this fight is no longer just the fight of the Traoré family, it’s everyone’s struggle. We are fighting for our brother, in the U.S. George Floyd, and for Adama,” yelled Assa Traoré, Adama’s older sister.

Assa Traoré founded the organization “Justice and Truth for Adama” after her brother’s death, and their main goal is proving that Traoré was in fact murdered by the police. All investigations within the past four years relating to Traoré have all been inconclusive. This week was the first time since his death that mainstream media began reporting on it again, and now the country, along with the rest of the world, has all eyes on their citizens fighting for justice and peace. 

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“We are seeing a coalescing of what’s happening here and what’s happening in America. The George Floyd case is finding a very strong echo in France. There is no justice in France, either, and France is very hypocritical about racism. They always denounce what happens in the U.S. — like, ‘oh look, they are killing black people, this is not good.’ But we have our own case [Traoré] and they can’t deal with it. We want them to deal with it,” Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Curier said to the French media at the protest. 

French media outlets are constantly covering protests in France and in the US simultaneously and comparing the two. While the specific cases of police brutality and racism are much different for both countries, the existence of that racism within both political systems unites us in more ways than we even know. 

The protests have also been occurring in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, etc., and while a majority of them began in solidarity with America and George Floyd, the citizens within each of these countries are also fighting their own governments and police systems. 

The world hasn’t been this publicly united in quite some time, but what does that exactly say about the people in power, the media, and our own personal prejudices against these countries? As we’ve clearly seen, we’re all fighting the same fight more or less because we’ve all been enduring similar injustices for centuries, so why haven’t we united before? 

Regardless, it’s happening now, and it’s quite astounding to see, If you want to know more about the Black Lives Matter movement and how you can directly help from home, click here for access to dozens of petitions, donation pages, and fundraising efforts specifically for those fighting for racial equality right now.

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University Of California To End Using Standardized Test Scores In Admissions Process

The University of California Board of Regents unanimously voted this week to suspend all SAT and ACT testing requirements for college freshman applicants until 2024, and will move to eliminate the requirement completely by the end of that five year period. The plan was originally proposed by the university’s system’s president, Janet Napolitano, and is being viewed as a landmark decision coming from one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

“Today’s decision by the Board marks a significant change for the University’s undergraduate admissions. Instead, the UC system – which includes about 280,000 students across the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Berkeley, and seven other undergraduate schools – will focus on creating its own test that better aligns with the content the University expects students to have mastered for college readiness” and its values, according to a news release from the university.

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The approval plan will specifically make sending all SAT and ACT test scores optional through 2024, a policy that a few other prestigious universities in America have also begun implementing within the past few years; such as American University in Washington DC. By 2025, the board claims that testing requirements in general would be completely eliminated for prospective college students.

“I think this is an incredible step in the right direction toward aligning our admissions policy with the broad-based values of the University. I see our role as fiduciaries and stewards of the public good and this proposal before us is an incredible step in the right direction,” UC Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez said in the release.

For the interim years until 2025, the board claims that there will be a “test-blind” process for admissions, which means that SAT and ACT scores won’t be used against a person in terms of admissions, but they still can be used to help students get certain scholarships or course placements.

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The University of California’s system vote could be a major turning point in terms of testing scores being included in all college applications country-wide. It’s been a heavy topic of discussion within the past decade especially, as many universities have been fairly public about how little they actually care about standardized testing scores. They’re more interested in seeing the level of course work students completed in their preliminary education, and what kinds of extra-curriculars they are involved in.

Testing score submissions have also been viewed as archaic and biased against low-income and minority students, since every test taker must check off what race/socioeconomic status they are. Along those same lines there’s been countless arguments that the SAT and ACT favor wealthier students who have access to preparatory courses and can afford to attend them. In fact, last year a civil rights advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the University of California system specifically because of the way they use testing scores for admissions.

“SAT and ACT requirements discriminate against students who can’t afford testing preparation. These tests are incredibly sensitive to socioeconomic status and race and have nothing to say about the individual,” said Alisa Hartz, an attorney with Public Counsel, the Los Angeles-based pro bono firm that filed the suit on behalf of students and advocacy groups.

The University of California system will begin implementing their suspension policy with the start of the fall 2021 semester, and it will be interesting to see what other major universities and colleges also follow suit.

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New Covid-19 Cases In China Spark Concerns For A Second-Wave

Coronavirus flare-ups in China and South Korea are prompting worldwide fears of a second-wave of the virus, especially considering China was one of the first countries to enact lockdown policies to fully flatten the curve. These new cases appearing in parts of Asia that have already almost fully recovered from the virus has other countries reconsidering reopening. To catch new infections and further trace the source of the virus, China is continuing to test its millions of residents. South Korea has also done the same and dispatched thousands of officers to help with the contact tracing. 

Other parts of Asia, such as Russia, are still coping with their first-wave of the virus. Russia specifically is still experiencing 10,000 new cases every day, making them the country with the second-highest number of confirmed infections worldwide; trailing the US which is the most infected. 

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Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to originate from, is also mandating every resident gets tested again amid new cases appearing in China. Over the next 10 days authorities in China will be testing the 11 million Wuhan residents, which is a direct response to six new coronavirus cases appearing in the city. 

The reason they’re mandating such a heavy response to six cases is because those were the first new cases to appear after 35 days; Wuhan lifted their 76-day lockdown on April 8th. In South Korea authorities are also demanding that all clubs and bars in the capital city of Seoul close down again after more than 100 new cases appeared that were traced back to the establishments. In Seoul specifically more than 8,000 police have been deployed to assist with contact tracing over 11,000 residents. 

“If the government of Korea hadn’t done this, then there would be 119 people out there infecting other people. So that actually gets to the point of tracing people,” explained Dr. Jerome Kim, a leading epidemiologist in the country. 

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Back in Russia, healthcare professionals are coping with a hospital fire tragedy that killed four patients being treated for the coronavirus. This is the second fire to take place in a Russian hospital that’s been linked to faulty ventilator machines. President Vladimir Putin’s main spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has also recently been hospitalized amid suspicion that he was also infected. Peskov is just one of many men in Putin’s inner circle who have tested positive after working in close-contact with the president. 

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is confident that “ the country is on a steady path to ending its epidemic. [Our] government may lift the national state of emergency for much of the country as soon as Thursday — more than two weeks earlier than the current May 31 expiry date.”

Tokyo is likely to remain under emergency declaration, especially considering all of the international workers/individuals who have been flying in and out of the city before this pandemic to plan the 2020 Summer Olympics. For now, like most aspects of this pandemic, only time will tell how much worse it’s going to get in Asia, and how much we should use their experiences to better ourselves as a country.

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Greece Plans On Reopening For Tourists On July 1st, Says Prime Minister

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many tourism industries throughout the world are struggling to figure out when they’ll be able to return to a sense of normalcy. Different countries and cultural destinations have set up various virtual tours and experiences for those who are quarantined and fighting their wanderlust urges everyday, while others have already begun planning for their big reopening post-pandemic, whenever that may be. 

Greece, to be more specific, is optimistically hoping that they’ll be able to reopen their country’s doors to tourists by the beginning of July, just with some major changes. Lockdown policies in general have begun to lift in Europe, since they’ve been issuing stay-at-home orders for much longer than we have here in the US, however, most of the continent still needs to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. 

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According to Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the country will be reopening to tourists on July 1st with some major adjustments made to protect everyone from possible infection. For example, visitors of the country can expect to still be able to sightsee and go to all the white-sandy beaches that Greece is famous for, however, they likely won’t be able to participate in any sort of nightlife activities, which also makes up a majority of the revenue for Greece’s tourism industry. 

“The tourism experience this summer may be slightly different from what you’ve had in previous years. Maybe no bars may be open, or no tight crowds, but you can still get a fantastic experience in Greece — provided that the global epidemic is on a downward path,” Mitsotakis said in a recent interview

According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been recording data relating to the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of the year, Greece has greatly been able to contain the spread of Covid-19 infections and have only experienced 147 coronavirus-related deaths. The rates of infection have remained so low that children are even expected to return to school next week to finish off their year. 

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Hotels within the city are also projecting to reopen in the beginning of June. If everything goes as planned, Prime Minister Mitsotakis intends for Greece to focus its attention on bringing back smaller tourism activities first and bringing in a higher end luxury customer market. The goal is to have these guests stay in boutique hotels while they embark on intimate excursions such as yachting and agrotourism. 

This way, these higher-end customers can likely spend more money and help Greece’s tourism market recover quicker. As of right now, every international traveler who arrives in Greece must land in Athens and go through a health screening. This screening involves a test for Covid-19 that has rapid results and Mitsotakis is hoping they can expand this program to other countries within Europe to make intercontinental travel easier.

In a recent video conference Mitsotakis also proposed that the country creates “safe corridors” for citizens from countries that have a stable coronavirus response, like Greece itself, so that all parties involved feel more comfortable that they won’t be infected; he’s already made calls to Austria, Denmark, Israel, and Singapore to do so. 

While other countries in Europe are also starting to lift their quarantine policies, only time will tell when we’ll all be able to travel confidently and safely again. For now, it’s important that we continue to listen to our healthcare providers and remain indoors.

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Italy Will Begin Easing Out Of Its Covid-19 Lockdown Policies, Prime Minister Announces  

Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has outlined plans to ease lockdown/quarantine restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Italy has been under strict lockdown for seven weeks now. On May 4th the PM announced that quarantine measures would “begin to relax” and people will be allowed to visit their relatives in small group numbers. 

Other adjustments include the reopening of parks, factories, and certain building sites. All public schools/universities will continue to remain closed until fall 2020. Most churches and other religious buildings will also remain closed for the time being, despite the countless efforts of Roman Catholic Bishops, who have been publicly pleading with Conte to remove the continued ban on religious services. 

As of this past Sunday, Italy has only endured 260 virus-related deaths, which is the lowest it’s been in the country since this pandemic began. There have been a total of 197,000+ cases of Covid-19 and 26,645 virus-related deaths in Italy, which is the highest death toll for Europe in general. Since the numbers in Italy are finally dropping, the authorities believe that the rate in which the virus is spreading has slowed enough to cautiously begin easing restrictive lockdown measures.

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In what Prime Minister Conte is referring to as “phase two” of his coronavirus plan, he agreed to begin allowing people to move around their own regions of living, but not throughout different regions. 

Funerals will be able to resume, however, only 15 individuals are allowed to attend, and ideally, all of the ceremonies should occur outside to avoid any sort of cross-contamination/the touching of any kind of surface. 

Athletes will begin resuming training and people can start practicing recreational sports within the vicinity of their properties, but in wider areas as well. Sports teams will also be able to start holding group training on May 18th, but like with the funeral policy, it’s recommended that all training occurs in an outdoor setting, and with each player bringing in their own equipment when possible.  

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Bars and restaurants will reopen but only for takeout services. Right now, Italy is only permitting restaurants to carry-out delivery services to avoid all contact and enforce individuals to consume their meals at home. On May 4th, everyone will be able to go out themselves to pick up meals that they order. 

Beauty services such as hairdressers, nail-salons, waxing centers, etc. are predicted to reopen when restaurants and bars are actually able to reopen for full service; PM Conte predicts that to occur on June 1st. Conte also plans to ease measures for retail stores, museums, and libraries within the month of May as well. What that specifically entails for those businesses is still unclear, however.

“If we do not respect the precautions the curve will go up, the deaths will increase, and we will have irreversible damage to our economy. If you love Italy, keep your distance,”  the prime minister said.

All face masks in Italy are also capped at a price of 50 american cents, and Conte emphasized that social distancing measures in general will be strictly enforced and continue into the coming months. This is to keep case numbers down, and avoid a resurgence of the virus that would just set the country back to where it started. Time will tell when the rest of the world will catch up to Italy.

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Human Trials For Covid-19 Vaccine Begins At Oxford University

The first human trials for a Covid-19 vaccine have begun in Oxford. Two volunteer patients were injected this week, and 800 more individuals will also be given the vaccine within the next few weeks as a part of the study. Half of the participants will be injected with the Covid-19 vaccine and the other half will receive a control vaccine that protects them from meningitis, but not the coronavirus. The design of the trial study makes it so each volunteer is unaware of which vaccine they’re receiving; the doctors obviously do know, however.

“Personally I have a high degree of confidence in this vaccine. Of course, we have to test it and get data from humans. We have to demonstrate it actually works and stops people getting infected with coronavirus before using the vaccine in the wider population,” said Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute who led the pre-clinical research for the study. 

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The vaccine itself was developed in under three months by a team of researchers and scientists at Oxford University. According to the scientists who worked on it, the vaccine is made from a weakened version of a strain of the common cold virus; which is known as an adenovirus. They took this specific virus from chimpanzees and modified it so that it would be able to grow in humans. 

To put it simply, scientists have taken genes found on the surface of the coronavirus and added them to the adenovirus that they took from the chimpanzees. Scientists then inject this combination into the patient where it will begin to enter their cells and produce the coronavirus gene. As this process begins, the patient’s immune system should begin producing antibodies and activate killer T-cells to destroy all cells with that specific Covid-19 gene sequence. This is basically the same thing that happens in your body when you get a flu shot. 

The goal is that the vaccine works exactly like a flu shot in the sense that whenever an individual who’s been vaccinated is exposed to the coronavirus, their body’s immune system will be equipped to fight it off. 

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The same team running this trial developed a vaccine against MERS, another type of the coronavirus, using this same approach, hence the confidence from Gilbert and the rest of the team. The only real way that they’ll know if it works, however, is to compare the number of individuals who become infected within the coming months. The biggest concern is that cases in general will begin to decline in the UK which would give the scientists less data to work on the vaccine with. 

The researchers are prioritizing local healthcare workers to be their test subjects, as those are the individuals that are most likely to be exposed to the virus. Within the next two months, the team hopes to start a much larger trial of about 5,000 individuals instead of 800. In terms of timelines and when this vaccine could actually be distributed, Gilbert says only time will tell. 

“It’s not really our role to dictate what will happen, we just have to try to get a vaccine that works and have enough of it and then it will be for others to decide. We’ve got to ensure we have enough doses to provide for those in greatest need, not just in the UK but also in developing countries.”

This team at Oxford luckily has a fund of over 40 million pounds to work with on further research and trial developments. While this entire pandemic has been a waiting game in terms of updates, it seems as though this team of scientists is on the right track and has the necessary resources to remain on course. Gilbert is hoping the world sees a Covid-19 vaccine as early as fall 2020.

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Trump Plans To Suspend Immigration Into The U.S. Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

President Donald Trump announced this past Monday that he will be signing an Executive Order that would suspend all immigration into the United States in order to prevent further economic damage brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.