Month: May 2020

Five Facts About Seeking a COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s uncertain whether researchers can find a safe and effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus. But recent developments have raised hopes. Accelerated research involves parallel efforts worldwide. The drive to find a COVID-19 vaccine is prompting researchers worldwide to conduct various experiments simultaneously rather than one-at-a-time, which is the traditional approach. As The Washington Post recently put …

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Five Facts About Ranked-Choice Voting

More cities are adopting ranked-choice voting, in which voters list candidates by preference. But critics say it won’t solve the nation’s electoral problems. In RCV, voters list candidates in order of preference. Ranked-choice voting (RCV), or instant-runoff voting, is an electoral system in which voters rank candidates by preference on their ballots. If no one wins a majority …

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Scientists to Stop COVID-19

Is a vaccine in 2020 possible? A team of scientists believe it could be possible as well as developing life-saving treatments that could significantly reduce the mortality rate.

Five Facts About Proposed New Aid to State & Local Governments

Congress will soon consider bipartisan legislation intended to help states, counties and municipalities cope with tax revenue losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would direct $500 billion to state and local governments that received relatively modest shares of previous aid. Bipartisan groups in the Senate and House are introducing legislation to create the State and …

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State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Act

SMART Act One Pager 5-18-20 Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.); Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.); Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS); Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV); Senator Susan Collins (R-ME); Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) As our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, state, county and municipal governments have been on the frontlines, taking the lead role in responding to …

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Five Facts about the Pandemic’s Impact on Food Supplies

Images of farmers dumping milk and destroying ripe vegetables, coupled with long lines at food banks, have raised concerns about America’s food supply. The nation still produces enough food, experts say, but the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted supply chains and distribution patterns. Food producers can’t quickly switch from supplying restaurants to supplying grocery stores and …

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