CNET: YouTube removes video from Sen. Ron Johnson for COVID-19 misinformation

CNET: YouTube removes video from Sen. Ron Johnson for COVID-19 misinformation. “Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has been blocked by YouTube for seven days after he shared a video wherein he spread misinformation about the treatment of coronavirus, as reported earlier Friday by Business Insider. Johnson, a critic of what he calls ‘big tech censorship,’ used the video to promote two drugs that have not been proven to work effectively in treating COVID-19.”

Business Insider: Google does not auto-fill some searches like ‘coronavirus lab leak’ in part to avoid leading users to results that aren’t ‘authoritative’, according to the head of Google’s health division

Business Insider: Google does not auto-fill some searches like ‘coronavirus lab leak’ in part to avoid leading users to results that aren’t ‘authoritative’, according to the head of Google’s health division. “The head of Google’s health division David Feinberg said the company does not auto-complete searches for certain unverified theories to ensure users aren’t led ‘down pathways’ to more misinformation.”

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups. “The Washington State Department of Health created a new tool, an interactive map, showing a breakdown of different health issues like COVID-19 and pollution. Lower income areas and people of color communities were rated at higher risks for these health hazards.”

Transparency International: Lack Of Transparency Over Vaccine Trials, Secretive Contracts And ‘science By Press Release’ Risk Success Of Global Covid-19 Response

Transparency International: Lack Of Transparency Over Vaccine Trials, Secretive Contracts And ‘science By Press Release’ Risk Success Of Global Covid-19 Response. “For Whose Benefit? is an in-depth study of the development and sale of the world’s top 20 COVID-19 vaccines, including those developed by AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. Through detailed analysis of clinical trial data and nearly 200 contracts for vaccine sales up to March 2021, the report reveals a pattern of poor transparency and a disturbing trend of governments censoring key details of their orders from drug companies.”

EurekAlert: Online museum exhibitions will be more prominent post COVID-19

EurekAlert: Online museum exhibitions will be more prominent post COVID-19. “When Museums closed their doors in March 2020 for the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK a majority moved their activities online to keep their audiences interested. Researchers from WMG, University of Warwick have worked with OUMNH, to analyse the success of the exhibitions, and say the way Museums operate will change forever.”

New York Times: Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination

New York Times: Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination. “The effort comes amid a surge in violence against Asian-Americans. Over the past year, hate crime against Asian-Americans has jumped 169 percent, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, which tracks the crimes in 15 major American cities. In New York City, hate crimes have risen even more, by 223 percent.”

Digital Inspiration: Get Email Alerts When COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available Near You

(This was developed for India.) Digital Inspiration: Get Email Alerts When COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available Near You. “Based on the public CoWIN API, I have developed an open-source vaccine tracker that will automatically monitor vaccine availability near your location and will send email alerts as stocks become available. If you have taken the first vaccine dose already, you can specify your vaccine preference – Covaxin or Covishield – and monitor availability of specific vaccine.”

Nature: Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data

Nature: Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data. “Researchers around the world are racing to spot variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 so that they can determine whether the mutated viruses will evade vaccines or make COVID-19 deadlier. Like many scientists, Ndodo shares SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in a popular data repository, GISAID, that requires users to sign in and to credit those whose data they analyse. But a growing faction of scientists, mostly from wealthy nations, argues that sequences should be shared on databases with no gatekeeping at all.”

DCist: D.C. Launches Website For Vaccine Records, But Your Data Might Not Be In There Yet

DCist: D.C. Launches Website For Vaccine Records, But Your Data Might Not Be In There Yet. “The portal will allow residents to view and print official copies of their vaccination records, and their dependents’ records, at any time. Perfect for if you lost your vaccination card or ran it through the wash on accident. The record can also be used as proof for places that require COVID immunization. But many people on social media reported that despite being vaccinated, their data hasn’t shown up on the website.”

Exclusive: On board Delhi’s sickening ambulances fleecing Covid-19 patients (India Today)

India Today: Exclusive: On board Delhi’s sickening ambulances fleecing Covid-19 patients. “As surging demands bring emergency responders to a breaking point, an India Today TV investigation in Delhi found some ambulance operators charging exorbitantly high to shift Covid-19 patients. The probe found them to be soliciting more than Rs 1,000 per kilometer to transport a patient in an ICU vehicle. Vinod, an ambulance operator outside a private hospital in East Delhi, demanded Rs 50,000 for a ride to a healthcare facility in Gurugram, 44 km away.

Washington Post: He faked a coronavirus certificate to fly to Argentina, officials say. He was infected all along.

Washington Post: He faked a coronavirus certificate to fly to Argentina, officials say. He was infected all along.. “Just hours before he was set to board a flight home to Argentina on Saturday, Santiago Solans Portillo received some news that appeared to throw a wrench in his travel plans: His coronavirus test had come back positive, authorities say. But when the 29-year-old arrived at the airport in Miami, he made no such disclosure to the American Airlines agents checking him in, instead presenting a medical certificate that said he was fit to fly. It was only the following day, when he landed in Buenos Aires and health officials took his temperature, finding he had a fever of 101.3 degrees, that he made his confession: He probably had covid-19 — and should not have boarded the plane.”