The Geopolitics of the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an effective coronavirus vaccine in August of last year, the response from many Western nations was skeptical at best, and quite often outright dismissive. This initially seemed to be the logical perspective, given that the Russian’s vaccine was the first to be released, despite not …

Lebanon After the Blast: A State on the Brink of Collapse

The horrific scenes of the explosion in Beirut on August 4th of 2020 shocked the world, with graphic videos of the massive blast widely circulating through the news, and on social media. Experienced by much of the world as yet another disturbing scene of 2020 viewed through a smartphone, it adds yet another incalculable burden …

Proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulation to support the rollout of unlicensed COVID-19 vaccines in the UK

For many years ahead, 2020 will be a reminder of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that created global chaos, affecting everyone’s life either directly or indirectly. The unforeseen transnational spread of the virus has resulted in over 29.6 million cases worldwide and 938,000+ deaths in a very short time span. As fear for the …

COVID-19: A gateway to more eco-friendly travel?

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting drastic fall in pollution, it has become clear that our transportation habits are damaging to the natural environment. The IPCC has estimated that the aviation industry alone is responsible for about 3.5% of anthropogenic (human-made) climate change, and people who rely on regular flights are …