Claire B. Halverson

No one is safe from Covid until low-income countries have equal access to vaccine

We have lost millions of lives around the world to the Coronavirus and its variants. To end this pandemic, a large share of the world needs to be immunized with a vaccine.

Vaccine inequity is everywhere. G7 countries - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union - have purchased more than one third of the world's vaccine supply, despite making up only 10 percent of the global population.

In the United States, inoculations are thrown out because they were unused, and a booster shot will be available for those who are vaccinated. Canada has more than 10 doses for every resident, and Great Britain more than eight as of July, whereas the rate in India is 0.08. Haiti received its first doses in July.

WHO and UNICEF established COVAX, a plan to bring doses to low- and middle-income countries. The plan has goals to vaccinate health care and social care workers, then people over 65 and those who are high risk, and then 20 percent of the population. WHO says that 70 percent would be a healthy goal.

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Not facing racial inequities will not make them go away

I am disturbed by President Trump's recent memo regarding diversity training. This memo, issued on Sept. 4 and followed by an executive order on Sept. 22, states that the executive branch agencies have spent taxpayer dollars on training government workers to believe divisive anti-American propaganda. It states that diversity...

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Attitude and aging

Studies looking at those who had aged successfully found that more so than genes, lifestyle factors like resiliency determine how one ages

Think about a time when you were hit by adversity. Was it an accident, the death of a loved one, a major financial crisis, the loss of a job, or some other traumatic event? How did you respond - like the willow or oak? Although we face crises throughout...

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Migrant farm workers need ID, drivers’ licenses

The Legislature is taking up a bill to make drivers' licenses and identification cards available for all Vermont residents. This is important, because a driver's license provides essential mobility in our rural state to fulfill fundamental human needs and rights to access health care, food, transportation, housing, socializing, and work. Currently, many undocumented migrant workers are not able to get a driver's license. Farmers rely on migrant workers to produce our dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. Both farmers and their...

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