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One in a Million

20 JULY 2020

Six months into the Coronavirus Pandemic its clear that nations, leaders, and naysayers were all quick to assign blame & assume credit. We looked at the world per capita and discovered that while COVID-19 is no respecter of persons, its bowing to science and the human spirit.

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via NPR

There are 14 million people with COVID-19 in the world today — 600,000 are dead.

In an interview to Chris Wallace of Fox News yesterday President Trump said 1) The United States had the lowest death rate in the world, 2) new cases are surging with accelerated testing, and 3) the national and state level response to the virus has saved millions of lives.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has in fact now conducted more tests per capita than any other country. However, the virus is still deadlier in several European countries than in the U.S., after adjusting for population. A quick reality check on who the virus effects and where:

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AstraZeneca — the 1st Human Trial of COVID-19 vaccine — shows promise.

AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced an immune response in early-stage clinical trials in healthy volunteers, data showed on Monday, with the strongest response seen in people who received two doses. The vaccine, called AZD1222 and being developed by AstraZeneca and scientists at Britain's University of Oxford, did not prompt any serious side effects and elicited antibody and T-cell immune responses, according to trial results published in The Lanc.

These are only initial findings but the trial, which included 1,077 people, demonstrated that an injection of the vaccine led to participants safely making antibodies and white blood cells that could be able to fight off COVID-19. “There is still much work to be done before we can confirm if our vaccine will help manage the COVID-19 pandemic, but these early results hold promise,” said Prof. Sarah Gilbert of the University of Oxford.

The British government has signed a deal to acquire 90 million doses of the possible vaccine, which is being worked on with AstraZeneca. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described early stage clinical trial data on an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as “a light at the end of the tunnel.”

John Lewis, U.S. congressman and sharecropper's son, was civil rights hero

Finally, John Robert Lewis, who survived brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, and who would become a towering figure of the Civil Rights Movement and longtime US congressman, has died this weekend after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.

A follower and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., he participated in lunch counter sit-ins, joined the Freedom Riders in challenging segregated buses, and (at the age of 23) was a keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington.

During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Lewis focused on poverty, education, and health care. He also co-wrote a series of graphic novels about the Civil Rights Movement, which won him a National Book Award. But his enduring legacy lies in the miracle of forgiveness.

The Miracle of Forgiveness

He once described an incident when, as a young man, he was beaten bloody by members of the Ku Klux Klan after attempting to enter a White Waiting Room.

Lewis remembers. "Many years later, in February 2009, one of the men that had beaten us came to my Capitol Hill office. “Mr. Lewis,” the man now in his 70’s said, “I am one of the people — the KKK Clansmen — who beat you and several of your companions on a bus in the 1960s. I’m here because I want to apologize. Would you accept my apology? Could you?”

After accepting his apology and hugging the father and son, the three cried together, Lewis remembered. "It is the power in the way of peace, the way of love," Lewis said. "We must never, ever hate. The way of love is a better way."

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