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  1. https://apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/texas-coronavirus-cases-map/ Vaccine doses reported INCREASED An average of 250,448 vaccine doses were reported each day in the last week. As of March 31, 14.3% of Texans have been fully vaccinated. Average new cases INCREASED by 166 cases compared with the seven-day average a week ago. On April 1, 2,409 new confirmed cases and 797 new probable cases were reported. Hospitalizations DECREASED by 456 patients compared with a week ago. As of April 1, 2,954 Texans are hospitalized for the coronavirus. Average new deaths DECREASED by 20 deaths compared with the seven-day average a week ago. On April 1, 118 new deaths were reported. I am not sure if those statistics with that vaccination rate give any case for celebration. Especially if average new cases continue to rise there is high probability that hospitalizations and deaths will follow
  2. Yes, institutional racism is very much phenomenon that happens everywhere. But the question was not if UK is somehow exceptionally bad on this front, but if UK is somehow has been able to solve such issues and minorities there don't face any disadvantages because of institutional issues. Reading the report I noticed that they try to make things look better than they are by excluding many common factors from their study like family influence, socioeconomic background and religion, as they don't any way analyze why these factors are more common among minorities than among majority. But of course it is true that poor are poor because they are poor and therefore there is no need for putting any effort to analyze why people are poor in first place.
  3. Also some of UK's white people vote ethnic candidates, but question is why white people are seen to be better to lead the country. That is clear text book example of institutional racism, which maybe caused by multitude of factors, like white people have better education or they get better visibility during elections, etc.. And these factors are then again caused some other factors and so on. Which creates institutional disadvantage for minorities.
  4. Institutional racism is mainly laws, customs and economical and social realities that cause minorities to be in disadvantage compared to main population. Which includes political lower political power than their proportional number in population would suggest. Usually institutional racism is not caused by malice towards minorities, but conventions created to support majority which incidentally put minorities in (greater) disadvantage.
  5. You could question that study only based on fact that 4.2% of UK's MP's are from ethnic minorities where 14% of their population belong in ethnic minorities.
  6. Last year there was decrease of demand of insulin because of covid-19, but still their over 11 billion dollar revenue that they get from diabetic treatments increased 6%. Although they say that growth was mainly because of Trulicity (which increase body's own insulin production) and Jardiance (which decrease amount sugar that is absorbed by body). Both are meant to decrease amount of supplement insulin that diabetic needs. Trulicity is more expensive than insulin (at least here) and Jardiance doesn't work alone but also needs either insulin or Trulicity or both as part of treatment.
  7. increase in demand from 2000 (~17 million) to 2016 (~29 million) was ~71%, but price of insulin rise about 600% even though it become easier, faster and cheaper to produce during that time. Also In 2012, the average cost of insulin per diabetes patient was $2,864 per year. By 2016, it had risen to $5,705. https://www.singlecare.com/blog/insulin-prices/ https://healthcostinstitute.org/diabetes-and-insulin/spending-on-individuals-with-type-1-diabetes-and-the-role-of-rapidly-increasing-insulin-prices (geo blocked in EU, needs US vpn to read) During this time of price doubling demand rise in US from ~25 million to ~29 million so ~16% Also when you look how price of long-acting insulin has increased and short-acting analog insulins https://www.businessinsider.com/rising-insulin-prices-track-competitors-closely-2016-9?r=UK It is interesting how all four products prices seem to constantly stay about same price, also it doesn't seem to have any impact if the insulin is long lasting or short lasting and new competitor on market in 2005, didn't drop price even though supply increased. Global manufacturing capacity of insulin far exceeds demand of insulin, but 90% of global insulin markets are dominated by three companies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6593686/
  8. they can't price themselves out market where they don't have competition because US government don't let new companies on the market These two aren't even close match https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/data/statistics/national-diabetes-statistics-report.pdf
  9. Dropping demand will just increase its price, because drug companies like to have steady income and they don't care if people bankrupt because they need to pay thousands of dollars for one dollar medicine because they don't have any alternatives if they want to live
  10. It isn't inflation in case of insulin. It is unregulated market of product which has no alternatives, which means that people who need it have two choices, pay what drug companies ask or die. It is just pure robbery supported by US federal government, considering that insulin is 100 old drug that was never patented, but still only couple companies have right to sell it in US and there is no regulations for how much those couple companies can ask for dose which cost them less than one dollar to make.
  11. Even SimCity has included newest memes
  12. Initial accusation was from Italian equivalent of The Sun. EU has still not given any official information about they investigation. Belgium was not the final destination for the doses, but where they would have packed for shipping. AZ is only one that has given any official statements about their final destination, which they say were EU and COVAX program, even though most of the doses where from the mentioned Halix factory, which AZ sought approval from EMA after EU had started its investigation.
  13. tax cuts that are funded with debt will eventually worsen deficit, as increasing spending and decreasing income has habit to do. But Lala land dream where tax cut not only increases state income more than lost tax revenue and increased interest, but it increases state income in such extend that state can take even more debt to pay public projects lives strong among modern politicians.
  14. Sputnik is under EMA review. But Sputnik probably will not help EU any way as Russia don't have enough production capacity. Russia offered to Finland technology and patents to produce Sputnik here, but there isn't any realistic scenario where we could produce significant amount of doses before autumn
  15. Like I said there seem to be no information where they were meant to go. AZ says that EU and COVAX program, but considering as most of them are from Halix factory which AZ has not applied approval from EMA, that seems bit strange. EU still has not given any official statement about their investigation about those doses. So admitted isn't probably right term to use at least yet.
  16. EU aren't denying UK's access to vaccines they just setting new prioritization rules for export authorizations for vaccines which will drop UK down in prioritization list because they have their own vaccination production (which all go to domestic use) and they are ahead of most of the world. New rules would rise among other things South Africa and Brazil ahead of UK when it comes to export authorizations. But because UK relies in their strategy so much in vaccines produced in EU, these new authorization scheme will most likely slow down UK's vaccination program 2 months, if they aren't able to get vaccines from other sources, which looks unlikely considering that US and India have banned vaccine exports. UK doesn't want vaccines from China or Russia (who don't seem to have enough production currently capacity actually offer much help).
  17. There don't seem to be any details where doses where meant to go after Belgium. AZ says that doses final destinations were COVAX program and EU, but amount don't match to amounts that AZ had given previously. Big sunk of those doses are from AZ's Halix factory which AZ had not sought EMA's approval until recently. Which means that doses made there can't be sold in EU or send to COVAX program until it has EMA's approval. Where UK has demanded that vaccines produced in AZ's factory needs to be shipped there because of their contract with AZ
  18. Isn't he bit late? Or is his aim to add women in the militia too? "Be it enacted by the Senate and house of representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled That the militia shall consist of every able-bodied male citizen of the respective States, Territories, and the District of Columbia, and every able-bodied male of foreign birth who has declared his intention to become a citizen, who is more than eighteen and less than forty-five years of age, and shall be divided into two classes-the organized militia, to be known as the National Guard of the State, Territory, or District of Columbia, or by such other designations as may be given them by the laws of the respective States or Territories, and the remainder to be known as the Reserve Militia." - Militia Act of 1903
  19. Persians, Arabs (including Syrians) are considered white in US
  20. Next time you make mistake, you can be at least happy that you probably didn't make this bad mistake. EDIT: Although those millions of hours delays in shipments which this has caused and will still cause, do so much economical damage that I am not sure if this should be in Funny sfuff thread
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