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India’s COVID crisis

Political scientist Tariq Thachil of the School of Arts & Sciences and economist and public health expert Harsha Thirumurthy of the Perelman School of Medicine take a look at what’s happening in India with the pandemic's second wave and what can be done to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Here’s how effective vaccine incentives like free beer really are

Emily Largent of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the efficacy of incentives in combatting vaccine hesitancy among Americans. "A donut or a ticket is not going to address their concerns," she said. "We’re still going to need other interventions."

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The New York Times

How would the mayoral candidates get guns off New York streets?

Richard Berk of the School of Arts & Sciences said an increase in gun violence may be tied to the pandemic, which has interfered with after-school programming and slowed the legal system’s ability to process cases.

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Marketplace (NPR)

When should pandemic benefits end if there’s no neat end to the pandemic?

Robert Hughes of the Wharton School spoke about the hazards of prematurely ending restrictions on evictions. “About 40% of households can’t pay a $400 emergency without going into debt,” he said. “And if we end up with a lot of people homeless, that’s a crisis.”

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Slate.com

The trial that could break the App Store hinges on one important question

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp spoke about an antitrust lawsuit against Apple that hinges on the definition of a “relevant market.” Hovenkamp said that while the law requires a definition, “the economics really suggests that a market definition is not necessary.”

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The Washington Post

Ron Johnson’s unscientific use of vaccine and death data

Susan Ellenberg of the Perelman School of Medicine said the general public may misinterpret data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. “A causal connection between the vaccine and an adverse event cannot be made based on any single report (with the exception of things like an anaphylactic reaction within seconds of receiving the vaccine),” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly will lift all COVID-related restrictions on June 11, but it won’t be business as usual. Nor should it be

Florencia Greer Polite of the Perelman School of Medicine addressed concerns over Philadelphia’s plan to lift COVID-related restrictions this summer. “It makes me a little uncomfortable, too, because at 15 months in, we have to remember that while we’re over COVID, COVID is not over us,” she said.

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Today

Meet the woman who helped make Pfizer and Moderna vaccines possible

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about their work developing mRNA-based vaccines.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The pandemic and bitter partisanship polarized 2020. Now it’s seeping into school board races

Daniel Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the longer-term trend of local elections increasingly reflecting national politics.

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The New York Times

A misleading CDC number

Aaron Richterman of the Perelman School of Medicine said the likelihood of spreading COVID-19 while outdoors is low. “I’m sure it’s possible for transmission to occur outdoors in the right circumstances,” he said, “but if we had to put a number on it, I would say much less than 1 percent.”

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6ABC.com

Delaware County prepares to vaccinate children as young as 12

P.J. Brennan, chief medical officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, said COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective for children. "Kids don't get sick very often, but they can shed virus and they can spread it to adults. So, if we're going to get it under control we have to address the younger population as well," he said.

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