Malaysia’s major medical glove companies commit $97 million to help fight COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s glove giants will contribute 400 million ringgit ($97 million) towards government efforts to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and health equipment, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said on Friday.

The minister in his 2021 budget announcement said the four major glove manufacturers – Top Glove, Hartalega, Supermax and Kossan – had indicated their commitment to help fight COVID-19.

The funds would be used to partially cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as expenses for health equipment, he said.

The world’s largest glove maker, Top Glove, which is eyeing a Hong Kong listing as it rides a wave of demand generated by the coronavirus outbreak, said it would contribute 185 million ringgit.

“We are fortunate to be doing well this year and are very grateful for the opportunity to give back to and assist our country and government, which has been very supportive towards

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Scientific Journals Commit to Diversity, but Lack the Data

Publishing papers in top-tier journals is crucial scholastic currency. But the process is deeply insular, often hinging on personal connections between journal editors and the researchers from whom they solicit and receive manuscripts.

“Science is publicized as a meritocracy: a larger, data-driven enterprise in which the best work and the best people float to the top,” Dr. Extavour said. In truth, she added, universal, objective standards are lacking, and “the access that authors have to editors is variable.”

To democratize this process, editors and reviewers need to level the playing field, in part by reflecting the diversity that journals claim they seek, Dr. Kamath said. “People think this is a cosmetic or surface issue,” she said. “But in reality, the very nature of your scholarship would change if you took diversity, equity and inclusion seriously.”

In responses to The Times, several organizations, including A.A.A.S., Cell Press, the Lancet and PLoS,

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China Must Commit to Battery Recycling in Electric Vehicle Boom: Greenpeace | Technology News

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China needs to step up the recycling and repurposing of batteries for electric vehicles in order to ease supply strains and curb pollution and carbon emissions, environmental group Greenpeace said on Friday.

Though the deployment of electric vehicles is an important environmental initiative, the manufacturing of batteries is energy- and carbon-intensive and puts the supply of key raw materials like lithium and cobalt under severe strain, the group said in a research report.

“We’re about to see a tidal wave of old EV batteries hit China,” said Ada Kong, Greenpeace East Asia’s senior programme manager. “How the government responds will have huge ramifications for Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutral commitment.”

Greenpeace said 12.85 million tonnes of EV lithium-ion batteries will go offline worldwide between 2021 and 2030, while more than 10 million tonnes of lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese will be mined for new batteries.

Repurposed batteries

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