The Biden administration announced on Monday its plan to make rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests cheaper and more available through an accelerated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization process.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to commit $70 million from the American Rescue Plan to boost the number of over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests on the market.
Under this strategy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to prioritize FDA authorization applications for COVID-19 tests from companies that “have the potential for manufacturing at significant scale.”
“The goal is to accelerate the availability of more high-quality, accurate and reliable over-the-counter tests to the public as quickly as possible,” HHS said in a release.
Choc Che was an ajilonel, or specialist in Mayan medicine, who worked to conserve traditional knowledge and herbal remedies. He was a member of the Relebaal Saqe association of councils of spiritual guides and had also participated in a series of scientific research projects, including with University College London.
Last year, he was tortured, set on fire and killed by neighbors in the village of Chimay after he was accused of performing witchcraft. Three people were sentenced to 20 years in prison for their part in the killing.
But the verdict has not reassured indigenous spiritual guides and herbalists who say that the judge reduced the charges from murder to homicide, ignored Choc Che’s status as a spiritual leader and downplayed the influence of Christian extremism in his killing.
“The sentence failed to understand the role of a spiritual guide in the community,” said Juan Castro, the Choc Che family’s lawyer. “[The court] considers it just one more death.”
The three defendants, Romelia Caal Chub, Edyn Arnoldo Pop and Candelaria Magaly Pop, accepted their responsibility but throughout the trial they attacked Choc Che’s character and accused him of witchcraft.
The Catholic church denied that religious beliefs had played a role, with Bishop Mario Fiandri saying that the murder had been precipitated by “a problem between two families”.
Choc Che’s murder and its aftermath reflect continued intolerance against indigenous traditions in Guatemala. Approximately 43% of the country’s population identify as indigenous, but Christians routinely accuse Mayan spiritual leaders of witchcraft.
“They are convinced that they are going to go to heaven for removing evil or for removing the devil from their villages,” Berger said. “And they firmly believe that these [spiritual guides] represent the devil. So that extreme intolerance has followed a total lack of knowledge and understanding of what Mayan spirituality is, and this is very dangerous.”
Mayan spirituality traces its roots back thousands of years, and traditions of time-keeping, medicines and social organization have been preserved through many generations.
Oh, to be in the studio audience of CBS’ Television City in Hollywood on September 9th, 1956, to see Elvis Presley’s gyrating pelvis rocket him to superstardom on The Ed Sullivan Show.
His appearance made television history, but 60 million home viewers were left to fill in some major blanks, as the rising heartthrob was filmed from the waist up whenever he was in motion.
Sullivan had been hesitant to book Elvis, not wanting to court the outrage the magnetic young singer had sparked in two “suggestive” appearances on The Milton Berle Show earlier that year. Elvis, he told the press, was “not my cup of tea” and “wasn’t fit for family entertainment.”
In 1804, the territory of Gibraltar, located south of the Iberian Peninsula, experienced an epidemic of yellow fever. Over four months, more than 2,200 people died from the disease, which is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Health officials tried to stop the problem, but that was not an easy task – since at that time nobody knew how transmission occurred.
Gibraltar was a strategic territory, as it was next to the only route that allowed entry into the Mediterranean through the Atlantic Ocean. It was a British Overseas Territory, and served as a fortress for many military personnel. People lived huddled within the colony walls, sharing a room for ten people, for example.
In addition, no river or spring crossed the territory – the population needed to collect rainwater in buckets for their own consumption. It was the recipe for disaster: standing water combined with the hot summer environment forms a full plate for the Aedes aegypti. Infections would only cease with the arrival of winter.
The 1804 epidemic was not the only one: outbreaks also occurred in 1810, 1813, 1814 and 1828. Research published in the scientific journal BMJ Global Health shows that the authorities were already better prepared for the second outbreak. A quarantine camp was created, where the infected were forcibly taken until the situation in the territory improved. About 4,000 people passed through there.
SANTIAGO GALICIA ROJON SERRALLONGA
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