Policy

Researchers Agree that Needle Exchanges Are a Good Thing. Do Policymakers?

As of 2019, over 1.2 million Americans live with HIV [6]. An estimated 7% of these patients used injection drugs such as heroin, a population consisting disproportionately of racial minorities. For instance, Black people made up 30% of injection drug users diagnosed with HIV in 2018, despite representing only around 13% of the population. The primary mechanism of HIV transmission in this case is the sharing…

India’s Fast-Track Plan to National Vaccination

India, home to the second worst COVID-19 breakout in the world with over eleven million confirmed cases, has officially launched a response program [1]. On Jan. 21, 2021, India launched what Prime Minister Modi has called the world’s biggest vaccine rollout. The distribution program started with Phase 1, which entailed vaccinating the four cores of…

Europe’s Bungled Vaccine Roll Out

As the US, the UK, and Israel have vaccinated at least 30% of their population against COVID-19 and continue to do so, the European Union is struggling and lagging behind [2]. France and Germany have only vaccinated about 10% of their population, and other European Union countries like Spain and Portugal have around 15% of…

A Crucial Call for Change from the Coronavirus: Revamping the American Healthcare System to Address the Gaping Holes Exposed by COVID-19

In her five-minute video-log, Dr. Ashley Bray, a general medicine resident, records her average day in a New York City hospital overburdened by new patients who have contracted COVID-19, a virus which has infected nearly 109 million people globally and has been responsible for the death of over 485,000 people in the United States alone…

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