Politics, Science and the Remarkable Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine

The president was especially enthusiastic about that aim. At a March 2 White House meeting, as Mr. Bancel and other pharmaceutical executives outlined their vaccine plans, Dr. Fauci cautioned that it would be a “year to a year and a half” before doses could reach the broader public.

Mr. Trump replied, “I like the sound of a couple of months better.”

Warp Speed had two leaders. In charge of science was Dr. Slaoui, who had led research and development at the drug maker GlaxoSmithKline for years and had served on Moderna’s board of directors. In charge of logistics was Gen. Gustave F. Perna, a four-star general who led the Army Matériel Command.

The operation, working out of a seventh-floor suite and a second-floor operations center at the Health and Human Services headquarters, had a military flavor. Its leaders discussed the book “Freedom’s Forge,” an account of how American industry armed

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Appointment decisions handed over to new ministers of health, science & technology | Politics

Appointment decisions handed over to new ministers of health, science & technology hinh anh 1Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has presented the State President’s
decisions to appoint Nguyen Thanh Long as Minister of Health
(MoH), and Huynh Thanh Dat as Minister of Science and Technology.

PM Phuc spoke highly of efforts made by the health sector in preventing and controlling
the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked for greater endeavours from the sector to protect
and take care of the people’s health.

The sector was tasked with effectively control the coronavirus disease, prevent
it from breaking out again, as well as other infectious diseases such as
diphtheria, dengue fever, seasonal flu and cholera.

Attention should be also paid to completing policies and financial mechanisms
to improve the quality and efficiency of medical services, and reduce hospital
overloads, he said.

It is also necessary to well manage costs for medical services, pharmaceuticals,
food, medical supplies and

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Fauci, Asked About His Legacy, Says ‘Stick With the Science, Stay Away From Politics’

Anthony Fauci, the 79-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has said he has learned to “always stick with the science, stay away from politics” over the course of his long career.

The leading immunologist turns 80 on Christmas Eve and has spent a large chunk of his final year as a septuagenarian helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic as a member of the White House coronavirus task force. Since the start of the U.S. outbreak, Fauci has testified before Congress and provided public health advice in countless media interviews, in which he elegantly corrected some falsehoods spread by President Donald Trump without directly criticizing the administration.

On Thursday, Fauci was asked in an interview with Chatham House, a U.K. policy institute, how he would like to be remembered as he likely deals with the final significant public health crisis of

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How a Biden-Harris administration impacts business, politics

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.

Read on for more on how a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration could impact everything from healthcare to energy to tech, allegations of misleading sales tactics at fast-growing energy firm Powerhome Solar, and how family offices are recruiting. 

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the stage at the Chase Center to address the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Hello!

The nation has decided. 

The AP, NBC, CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post called the presidential election for Joe Biden shortly after 11 a.m. ET Saturday, following Insider in calling the result. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris took to the stage last night to deliver their victory speeches, emphasizing hope and unity.

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Researchers’ Politics Don’t Undermine Their Scientific Results

Our need for credible science has never been more urgent. An extraordinary pandemic grips the world, racial tensions are surging, and political polarization is at historically high levels. Solving these social problems is a matter of life and death and the public needs to trust that scientists are trying to get it right.

Yet science has become politicized, and some worry that the liberal leanings of many academics biases research and makes it untrustworthy. In fact, an opinion article in the New York Times suggested that such liberal groupthink might help explain why scientific results sometimes don’t replicate.

The worry is that a politically homogenous group of scientists are prone to produce biased research and would overlook flawed results simply because the findings align with their own political worldview. With nobody to catch blind spots, such political bias could result in the publishing of shoddy science that is not replicable.

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Soylent Founder’s Unhinged Politics Rant Shows Tech Execs Don’t Understand the World

“I am so sick of politics. Politics are suddenly everywhere. I cannot avoid them.” Another 5,300 words follow these declarations, written by Soylent co-founder, former CEO, and current chairman Rob Rhinehart in a blog to explain why he is voting for Kanye West in the 2020 general election. 

The blog, which starts somewhat normal and becomes increasingly bizarre, is rife with conspiracy theories. At one point, he seemingly invents a conspiracy theory about former Vice President Joe Biden, who he professes at one point to have “never heard of until very recently.” 

“Did you know Biden threw innocent Guatemalans in jail because they did not give a government contract to his company Hunter Medical Devices?” he asks, with no hyperlinks or evidence. A Google search for “Hunter Medical Devices” turns up just three pages of results with no relevant hits aside from Rhinehart’s own blog. 

In the blog, Rhinehart describes

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Fed up with the election? Science explains how politics got so awful

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One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America.


But that forecast didn’t account for one crucial factor: the toxic degree of partisanship that would turn something as simple as wearing a face mask into a political statement.

How did things get so bad that Americans couldn’t come together to confront a universal threat like COVID-19, which has killed more than 227,000 of us so far?

A report in this week’s issue of Science offers an explanation—political sectarianism.

The authors of the new report explain that political sectarianism goes beyond mere disagreements about the nation’s goals and how they should be achieved. Nor is it a case of people being trapped in partisan echo chambers,

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Solid Big Tech Earnings Expected Despite Politics

A powerhouse line-up of earnings releases on Thursday is expected to show that giants of Big Tech are on firm financial footing despite turbulent politics and the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Google-parent Alphabet are all slated to disclose how their businesses faired in the third quarter of this year.

“The reality is that the strong are getting stronger with FAANG names such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple beneficiaries of the current environment,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note to investors.

Robust financial results expected from the tech behemoths will highlight their “outsized” strength, and put a “bright spotlight” on them in regard to antitrust concerns, Ives added.

Alphabet and Facebook dominate the digital ad market, which appeared to be recovering from a hit it took early in the pandemic, according to analysts.

And while much smaller in terms of making money, Twitter is likely

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Pulling back the curtain on the tech and politics behind ‘Watch Dogs: Legion’

Clint Hocking marked his return to Ubisoft in 2015 with a big idea. His new project “Watch Dogs: Legion” was ambitious, and its concept was born from a single question: What if you could play as anyone?



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It had never been done before. In open-world games, players normally control a single protagonist, or a couple of carefully crafted main characters. But Hocking envisioned a Watch Dogs game where players could explore a metropolitan city and, with the press of a button, switch perspectives to inhabit the body of a spy, construction worker or an average Joe walking to their office job. Every passerby is their own person, primed with a web of relationships, an occupation and a personality. It flipped the notion of NPCs (non-player characters) on its head by making each and every person in the game playable.



a statue of a person: Clint Hocking envisioned a “Watch Dogs” game where players could switch perspectives to inhabit the body of another person, such as a construction worker.


Clint Hocking envisioned a “Watch

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Boris Johnson is learning that in politics you cannot simply ‘follow the science’ | Opinion

What happened to following the science? In the spring, when Boris Johnson and his scientific advisers were proceeding in lockstep, there was no disagreement about the necessity of shutting the country down. Now the government is coming to its own conclusions about what is needed, and the scientists on the Sage advisory group have started distancing themselves from No 10’s decisions.

Critics complain that the politicians are chancing it rather than being led by the evidence. But as the German sociologist Max Weber argued a century ago, politics can never really follow the science. Pretending that it can is where the trouble starts.

Weber believed that politics and science do not mix. In the end, political decision-making has to rest on personal judgment – there is no scientific manual to tell leaders what to do. More to the point, scientists are not well suited to making those decisions. They

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