1. On Monday, New Zealand declared that it had eradicated the coronavirus from within its borders after 17 days with no new cases
New Zealand is slowly going to get back to normal as its last few citizens recover. The country has been cited as an excellent model for the way it tackled the pandemic, having instituted a mandatory 2-week quarantine for travellers in March followed swiftly by a month-long stay-at-home order. Nonetheless, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern still expects a renewal of cases as restrictions are lifted.
2. Regeneron began clinical trials on humans with a medication they believe can both treat and prevent COVID-19
REGN-COV2 has been referred to as an antibody ‘cocktail’, comprising of 2 antibodies that are said to be the most potent, non-competing, and virus-neutralizing ones from a library of thousands of known antibodies. George D. Yancopoulos (Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron) believes that, “REGN-COV2 could have a major impact on public health by slowing spread of the virus and providing a needed treatment for those already sick – and could be available much sooner than a vaccine. […] Ultimately, the world needs multiple solutions for COVID-19 […]”
REGN-COV2 is unique because it is not a vaccine but rather a treatment which means it takes less time to develop and test. Early estimates are suggesting the vaccine could be ready as soon as the fall.
3. Recent study published in Nature Climate Change revealed global emissions could fall by 7% this year which is on par with requirements from the UN Environmental Program
While this may seem like good news, it is likely only temporary and is not a result of permanent changes being made to lower emissions. To keep emissions low, governments should strongly consider investing in green technology and cleaner energy as a stimulus for the economy. Although, history is not on the environment’s side as most countries tend to relax green policies to boost economies after a depression.
4. Disneyland is set to reopen on July 9th after being closed since March. This day also falls on the 65th anniversary of when they first opened their gates in 1955
It will not be business as usual at Disneyland as there will be several measures put in place to ensure the safety of workers and guests. This includes no hugging the Disney characters, social distancing measures, and masks.
5. New York City entered the first phase of their reopening strategy after a tumultuous and devastating 4 months battling COVID-19
On June 9th, New York City finally began their first of four phases in the reopening process. This phase includes the reopening of construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain businesses; and retailers of shoes, electronics, appliances, florists, jewelry, luggage, and sporting goods(with curb-side/in-store pickup).
6. Saturday, June 13th was the 1-year anniversary of the Raptors win vs. the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA finals! This was “The North’s” first win and it sent the country into an absolute frenzy
Following the nail-biter win, streets in city centers were packed with fans and patriots. This is a stark contrast to the eerily empty avenues of the same cites a year later.
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Plumer, B. (2020, April 30). Emissions declines will set records this year. But it’s not good news. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/climate/global-emissions-decline.html
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