September 24, 2020

As Pandemic Deaths Add Up, Racial Disparities Persist–And in Some Cases Worsen

(NPR) – Data gathered early in the pandemic showed that communities of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 across the United States. But incomplete data left a muddy picture of these disparities. Today, as the U.S. has surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 … Read More

September 15, 2020

Ethical or Exploitive–Should Prisoners Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials?

(Science) – As 38 clinical trials seek tens of thousands of volunteers to receive doses of experimental vaccines, researchers are discussing how to find and recruit participants effectively and ethically. Some people who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 have not … Read More

September 10, 2020

Oregon Fires: Evacuated Prisoners Sleep on Floor in Packed Covid-19 Hotspot

(The Guardian) – Unprecedented wildfires and rushed evacuations in Oregon have wreaked havoc on the state’s incarcerated population, with thousands now packed into a single overcrowded prison that was already a major Covid-19 hotspot. A destructive and rapidly spreading fire … Read More

September 1, 2020

In China’s Xinjiang, Forced Medication Accompanies Lockdown

(NBC) – The government in China’s far northwest Xinjiang region is resorting to draconian measures to combat the coronavirus, including spraying detainees with acidic disinfectant, physically locking residents in homes, imposing strict quarantines of more than 40 days and arresting … Read More