Recently, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sharply criticized the “wildly uneven and unfair” distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Addressing the Security Council, Guterres noted that just 10 countries have administered 75 percent of all vaccinations. Meanwhile, 130 countries had not received a single dose. In two reports – The Tragedy of Missed Opportunities (April 2020) and The Tragedy of More Missed Opportunities (August 2020) – I documented four missed opportunities in the mobilization against the global pandemic last year. Without vaccination equity, the ongoing year could represent the fifth missed opportunity and even more challenging long-term prospects. Failure of early mobilization The first opportunity emerged around the first recorded case (Dec 30, 2019), and the WHO’s announcement of the international emergency (Jan 30, 2020). Then, the epicenter of the outbreak was still in Wuhan, Hubei. After mid-January, China introduced social distancing and launched a ... » Learn More about Vaccine inequality: A new beginning or another missed opportunity?
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More American consumers have turned to plant-based meat substitutes since the pandemic, and now some of the biggest fast-food chains in the US – including McDonald's — will source the products with producers. The popular plant-based meat alternative company Beyond Meat signed a new partnership with McDonald's last week, a vital step in the growing shift to take meat alternatives into the dining mainstream in the country. The company will be the preferred supplier for a new plant-based burger dubbed the "McPlant"and work with McDonald's to develop new substitutes for pork, chicken and egg. It also signed a new contract with fast-food giant Yum Brands, which owns and operates brands like KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, to supply new plan-based protein items as substitute options. "We're excited about the long-term potential plant-based protein menu items have to attract more customers to our brands, especially younger consumers," Chris Turner, Yum Brands CFO said in a company ... » Learn More about Meatless products hit stride in pandemic
While we all know that being optimistic and upbeat is something we should focus on, there are times when anxiety and stress will surround us. Whether you are a student, a working professional, a homestay wife/husband, a parent, or a recovering individual, stress does come around for everyone. And if you think stress doesn’t affect your physical health, you might have to look again. Actually, if you are stressed too much, it can trim your immune system, reduce your memory, hamper your decision-making, and can even harm your cardiovascular system. This makes the stress relief products such a hit in the market. Especially when the entire world has gone through so much in 2020, getting stress-relieving products might be a great idea to deal with challenging times. These stress-relieving products include healthcare, home, beauty, electronics, and similar stress relief items that can make your life better and give you a serene ambiance and a relaxing mindset. So, we have come up with the ... » Learn More about 25 Stress Relief Products You Can Buy To Make Your Life Calmer