What We’re Reading: 03/19/21

By Smruthi Karthikeyan for CBS News.


A few highlights from around the web that made it into our feeds this week.

Who Can and Can’t Get Vaccinated Right Now

Behind health and frontline workers, age is a key requirement in most places, but seniors can’t access vaccines everywhere. Vaccination guidelines and rules vary worldwide, and what’s really important here is the analysis of vaccine inequality. Looking at who is eligible state by state, country to country, which eligible folks are getting the jab, and who—even the most vulnerable among us, like high-risk seniors and healthcare workers—in lower and middle-income countries are sidelined by the vaccine hoarding of wealthier countries.  (From nytimes.com)

The Coronavirus Variants Experts Are Most Concerned About

It’s no easy task to keep track of the many Covid variants, the risk associated, and how quickly researchers can test and trial vaccine efficacy as new strains materialize. This article and video provide a concise and interesting exploration of the current variants from the scientist’s perspective.

Immunology experts do an incredible job illustrating the evolution of a virus in motion—how Covid-19 mutates. They reiterate the importance of full transparency when it comes to vaccine efficacy by distilling down the endless unknowns of an ever changing virus in a way that illuminates our day-to-day reality. A fantastic watch or read. (From cbsnews.com)

The Pastry AI That Learned to Fight Cancer

What started with a doctor watching a TV segment about BakeryScan, a Japanese software used to recognize different pastries in retail shops all over Japan, led to his realization that under a microscope cancer cells look quite a lot like bread. This wonderful read starts with a deep dive into the creation of the software, the void it fills in pastry shops, and of course, plunges right into how a pastry company was able to adapt its program to a cancer-cell detector for oncologists. One of those articles you’ve probably missed reading amid the sea of Covid reporting. (From newyorker.com)

Closing out with a short film that encapsulates so much of life as we know it, or perceive it.

The Paradise Next Door (video)

By Lance Oppenheim

A profile of The Villages, a huge retirement community near Orlando that aims to be an entirely controlled environment, “perfect” seeming. Yet everything looms right outside its fence.

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