Having prepared for months to make its mark at this year’s Olympics, coronavirus variant B.1.525—a U.K. native best known for its skillful weakening of antibody responses—confirmed Thursday that it was excited to compete in Tokyo against top mutations from across the globe.
“I can’t wait to travel to Japan this July and show the whole world what I’m capable of,” said the highly transmissible permutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, recounting how it had honed its spike proteins (スパイクタンパク質 ) and vaccine resistance in anticipation of the international gathering of deadly (致命的な) pathogens (病原体 )
“There was outrage around the world when 1,134 people died in the devastating Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh on April 24th, 2013. Horrific images showed bodies being pulled from the rubble following the collapse of an eight-story garment factory complex in Dhaka as desperate families stood by, waiting for news about their loved ones. “
Eight years on, garment workers are still losing their lives while making our clothes: – In November 2020, 12 people were killed in an explosion at a garment factory in Gujarat, India. – In March this year, 20 people were killed and dozens left injured after a fire… in Cairo, Egypt, – a further eight killed and 29 injured when a 10-storey building collapsed in the same city later that month. – Meanwhile, in Gazipur, Bangladesh, one person died and another 42 workers were left injured following a factory fire.
“All the things that could prolong the COVID-19 pandemic — that could make this virus a part of our lives longer than anyone wants — are playing out right in front of our eyes.”
– Although the pace of vaccinations is still strong, there’s a growing fear that it’s about to slow down. – Right now, the U.S. is still making fantastic progress on vaccinations…but… variants of the virus [are] causing new outbreaks and infect[ing] more children – The more widely a virus can spread, the more opportunities it has to mutate. If[ [we] don’t vaccinate a sufficient percentage of the population….then even years into the future, we could be living through more new variants — some of which might be more deadly, some of which might be more resistant to vaccines, some of which might be more dangerous for certain specific populations. The bottom line: This darker future is preventable, and our abundant supply of highly effective vaccines is the way to prevent it. The more people get vaccinated now, the smaller the role COVID-19 is likely to play in the rest of our lives.