The Daily Populous

Monday February 15th, 2021 day edition

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer’s vaccine in the country’s biggest study to date.

Health maintenance organization (HMO) Clalit, which covers more than half of all Israelis, said the same group was also 92% less likely to develop severe illness from the virus.

The comparison was against a group of the same size, with matching medical histories, who had not received the vaccine.

“It shows unequivocally that Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is extremely effective in the real world a week after the second dose, just as it was found to be in the clinical study,” said Ran Balicer, Clalit’s chief innovation officer.

He added that the data indicates the Pfizer vaccine, which was developed in partnership with Germany’s BioNTech, is even more effective two weeks or more after the second shot.

Hospitalisations and serious illness were still rising in younger groups who began vaccinations weeks later.

Israel has been conducting a rapid vaccine rollout and its database offers insights into vaccine effectiveness and at what point countries might attain herd immunity. »

Volkswagen CEO Diess 'not afraid' of an Apple electric car

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s Volkswagen is not concerned by any Apple plans for a passenger vehicle that could include the iPhone maker’s battery technology, its chief executive Herbert Diess said.

“The car industry is not a typical tech-sector that you could take over at a single stroke,” Diess was quoted as saying an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Volkswagen plans to develop software needed for autonomous cars in-house to ensure it can compete against tech firms in the field of electric car data. »

Kids pick up stereotypes from generic statements

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Study participants were given generic information about the zarpies and gorps, and were presented with a statement such as, “Zarpies are good at baking pizzas.”

“The one thing that parents truly have control over is whatever it is that they’re giving their kids,” Moty said.

The article, “The Unintended Consequences of the Things We Say: What Generic Statements Communicate to Children About Unmentioned Categories,” was published on Jan. 15, 2021 in Psychological Science. »

LAPD Internally Investigating Valentine-Style Image Of George Floyd With Inscription: ‘You Take My Breath Away’

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has launched an internal investigation after an office reported that an inappropriate Valentine’s Day-stylized image of George Floyd with the inscription “You take my breath away” was being shared around the department.

George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis and his death has sparked a national reckoning about race and policing in the United States.

“Judge rejects third-degree murder charge against ex-officers in George Floyd case” (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune). »

GOP Senators Couldn’t Even Convict The Man Who Sent a Mob After Them. Why Let Them Filibuster?

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The outcome of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump should give even the most ardent filibuster defenders some pause, however.

And even at that, two of them (Senators Burr and Cassidy) seemed to have made up their minds only at the last minute.

A full forty-five of them–including Burr and Cassidy themselves–stood behind the widely discredited fig leaf that the trial itself was unconstitutional. »