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We’re botching the vaccine rollout. Here’s how to get it back on track

Fast Company – “…To fix the problem, several things need to change. The Biden administration can help by giving clear guidance to states about how many vaccines they’re getting and how long they can be stored, providing training materials for staff, and setting targets for vaccinating a certain number of people by a certain date, says the University of Washington’s Baseman. Others have also argued that the federal government should have given better guidance to states from the beginning. “That comprehensive vaccination plans have not been developed at the federal level and sent to the states as models is as incomprehensible as it is inexcusable,” Utah Senator Mitt Romney said recently. The federal government can also help recruit staff or a volunteer corps to administer vaccines so that states and counties don’t have to spend weeks finding new employees as programs scale up. It can offer communication tools to help fight misinformation about vaccines; states and cities will need to mobilize far more to make sure that everyone who can be vaccinated is choosing to get the vaccine. The new round of funding will be critical, but the administration will also need to push Congress for more…”

The Year Ahead: 3 Predictions From the ‘Father of the Internet’ Vint Cerf

NextGov – Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google: “In 2011, the movie “Contagion“ eerily predicted what a future world fighting a deadly pandemic would look like. In 2020, I, along with hundreds of thousands of people around the world, saw this Hollywood prediction play out by being diagnosed with COVID-19. It… Continue Reading

How Full Are Hospital ICUs Near You?

The New York Times: “Just over one-fifth of U.S. hospitals with intensive care units, or 638 total hospitals, reported that at least 95 percent of their I.C.U. beds were full in the week ending Dec. 31. Nationwide, 77 percent of intensive care hospital beds were occupied. These numbers, which come from a dataset released weekly… Continue Reading

This New Interactive Map Will Answer All Your COVID-19 Travel Restriction Questions

thrillist: “Although the CDC is advising against all travel due to the latest COVID-19 surge, that’s not to say folks won’t hop a flight this holiday season. And while we should do what Dr. Fauci says, if you’re planning to jet off and see the fam, you might want to check in on local restrictions… Continue Reading

How Japanese People Stay Fit for Life, Without Ever Visiting a Gym

Medium – For people stressed or intimidated by fitness culture – try walking! – “In the United States, I’m often bombarded with images and ads of fitness culture. Athleisure is the craze, and it seems that the majority of people are members of gyms like Anytime Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, or LA Fitness. Any decent… Continue Reading

Documenting Global Travel Restrictions and Airline Policies

Center for Data Innovation – “The United Nations World Food Program has documented the country-level travel restrictions and airline policies that are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The dataset includes information such as which airlines are resuming domestic and international flight operations and which countries require self-isolation and a certificate that shows an… Continue Reading

Google Maps now lets you create Street View photos with just a phone

The Verge: “Google Maps is getting a new update that lets you create Street View photos using just a phone. Android users with ARCore-compatible devices can now capture imagery and publish it to Google Street View in certain areas. Google is allowing submissions initially in Toronto, New York, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica. More… Continue Reading

Check these COVID-19 risk scores before traveling this holiday season

Fast Company – If you’re considering a trip to visit friends or family, this map can help you understand where COVID-19 rates are rising. “Just how risky is it to travel for the holidays this year? With rising rates of COVID-19, many experts are recommending a moratorium on holiday gatherings. But for those who are… Continue Reading

Google Streetview shows social importance pedestrian friendly environment

University of Amsterdam – With Google Streetview and Deep Learning, researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Twente identified how the urban environment is linked to the vitality of social organisations and neighbourhoods. They conclude that, if an environment provides more space to pedestrians, this will be conducive to neighbourhood-based social organisations’… Continue Reading