Friday February 4, 2022
Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday February 4, 2022
A recipe for hope: How to vaccinate the world and end the pandemic
Chinese President Xi Jinping declared the Olympic Winter Games open on Friday, during a subdued opening ceremony that is following less than six months after the end of the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Summer Games.
Athletes from more than 90 countries are settled into Beijing’s National Stadium, a.k.a. the “Bird’s Nest,” for the opening ceremony of these Games — a familiar scene as the city is the first to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics, with many venues repurposed for winter use after the 2008 Summer Games. (CBC)
Meanwhile, there is new reason for hope in ending unequal vaccine access and finding a global resolution for the pandemic. Researchers at Baylor College in Texas have developed a vaccine based on established technology and common handling and refrigeration techniques. Best of all, they have no intention of filing a patent but have concrete plans for large-scale manufacturing in the Global South.