The decades of discoveries before the ‘miraculous’ sprint to a vaccine | The Japan Times

Graham had a flash of intuition: Perhaps it would be worth taking a closer look at this humdrum cold virus.

It was an impulse born more of convenience and curiosity than foresight, with little to no expectation of glory or profit. Yet the decision to study a colleague’s bad cold gave rise to critical discoveries. Together with other chance breakthroughs that seemed insignificant at the time, it would lead eventually to the mRNA vaccines now protecting hundreds of millions of people from COVID-19.

The shots were developed at record speed, arriving just over a year after a mysterious pneumonia surfaced in China, while so much else — political feuds, public distrust and botched government planning — went wrong.

They remain a marvel: Even as the omicron variant fuels a new wave of the pandemic, the vaccines have proved remarkably resilient at defending against severe illness and death. And the manufacturers, Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna, say that mRNA technology will allow them to adapt the vaccines quickly to fend off whatever dangerous new version of the virus that evolution brings next.

Skeptics have seized on the rapid development of the vaccines — among the most impressive feats of medical science in the modern era — to undermine the public’s trust in them. But the breakthroughs behind the vaccines unfolded over decades, little by little, as scientists across the world pursued research in disparate areas, never imagining their work would one day come together to tame the pandemic of the century.

Source: The decades of discoveries before the ‘miraculous’ sprint to a vaccine | The Japan Times

COVAX COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries Hit 1 Billion Doses — and Counting | UNICEF USA

UNICEF delivered a shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses in Rwanda on January 15, 2022, bringing the total number of doses shipped via COVAX to 1 billion, with billions more on the way.

COVAX, a groundbreaking global partnership to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, is barreling ahead on its mission. Since the rollout began in February 2021, COVAX has delivered lifesaving vaccine doses to 144 primarily low- and middle-income countries, with UNICEF leading on procurement and distribution. By the end of the year, COVAX had ramped up to more than 335 million doses delivered in December alone.


Source: COVAX COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries Hit 1 Billion Doses — and Counting | UNICEF USA

Marii Freire Pereira comigo!

” Muitas mulheres não exergam a violência que estão passando em seus relacionamentos. Elas sentem angústia. Mas esse detalhe mostra o direcionamento dessa relação. É importante saber identificar para sair, e em muitas situações, denunciar.

Marii Freire Pereira comigo!

Imagem & criação: Marii Freire Pereira

Santarém, Pá 15 de janeiro de 2022

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APO Group – Africa Newsroom / Press release | Children Under the Age of Five in Uganda set to benefit from the Nationwide House-to-House Polio Immunization Campaign

At the launch of the campaign, Hon Hanifah pointed out that, vaccination remains the most effective public health measure in tackling diseases. “The Uganda government took up vaccination as one of its most effective public health measures and has continued to do so to date. We have been dealing with COVID-19, but we had vaccine-derived Polio type 2 (cVDPV2) from an environmental sample hence the effort to prevent through the national vaccination campaign,” she said.

She further commended the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Center for Diseases Control, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International and other partners for supporting the Ministry of Health in ensuring the vaccination campaign takes place.


Source: APO Group – Africa Newsroom / Press release | Children Under the Age of Five in Uganda set to benefit from the Nationwide House-to-House Polio Immunization Campaign

In the end, we all become a story

Grounds For Hope

To you, who aided the demise of my life Fragmented and depressed my existence You caused calamity and strife Bestirred a beast in me with steady persistence. To live and give. To feel and love To crush the rocks that paralyzed me Reclaim the roots of kindness and truth Chirrup! My joyful song that drifted idly. I am a person just like you. Have tears. Feel pain What can I possibly say to you? You have no shame. How can you peacefully sleep with your devious heart Knowing that you destroyed innocent lives Today might be the day you feel like a winner When the sun comes out, the ice gets thinner. To you, who aided the demise of my life In the end, we all become a story Up from the depth of ruin and loss, I shall rise Riding on waves of glory. To live and give. To…

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Day 36/67, Five Month GED, circles, and triangles

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

   Adulting is also about understanding relationships between seemingly unrelated things, and  how to find up-to-date information and help in finding that information and how to use it, like legal information.


   Thus, relationships between shapes, and relationships between ideas are similar, right?

Start of week 10/18
Day 36 Lesson Plan
Grammar: Essay Writing, Pro or Con Paragraphs
Math: area of Rectangles & Triangles together
Day 36 Exit Ticket
(Day 35 … Day 37)

Action Items:

1.) Where can you get Pro-Bono Legal Aide, in your area?  Is there a local Project Do Better volunteer who can help you with this, if you need it?

2.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

3.) …

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Not Only Food


I would normally be going to Des Moines this morning to help put together boxes of food with my Des Moines Mutual Aid friends. I won’t because predictions for heavy snow overnight would make travel hazardous. The predictions were accurate. And my brother is visiting.

The Des Moines Mutual Aid’s (DMMA) Points of Unity expresses what Mutual Aid is about. DMMA has several projects. One is the free food distribution, which the following describes. This continues the Black Panther Party school breakfast program.

A principle of Mutual Aid is to invite others into the work, mobilizing people and building movements. The statement above is given to those who come to us for food, inviting anyone to join.

One of my Mutual Aid friends asked how I became involved (long story). Then she told me she used to come because she needed food. Now she is happy she can join in…

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