FAS Roundup – September 4, 2020

By September 4, 2020

Global enthusiasm and American trepidation in Russian diplomatic vaccine efforts
This week’s FAS Disinfo Report explores the global narrative around Putin’s premature vaccine announcement. While it was slammed by many in the US, it’s viewed more favorably in places overseas. Read about how an organized social media campaign is influencing the global perception here.

Public health experts fear politics will taint COVID-19 vaccine approval
“Is anyone going to think this is a science-based process rather than a political one?” FAS President Ali Nouri tells MSN about a premature vaccine rollout. “I don’t know how you… convince the American people that it was not a political decision.”

Coronavirus: US has no cohesive plan to tackle massive second wave
“Misleading information has had enormous impact on where we are today. A lack of clarity from the White House on simple measures like wearing a mask means that the public doesn’t have accurate information on what this virus can do,” Ali Nouri tells New Scientist.

Experts in virology, epidemiology, infectious disease, and more call for thorough FDA review of vaccines
FAS President Ali Nouri joins hundreds of experts in virology, epidemiology, vaccinology, infectious disease, clinical care and public health and more in calling for thorough FDA review of vaccines before they are made available to the public. “We need a safe and effective vaccine urgently, but any lack of trust in its properties could significantly compromise rollout,” the letter from the Center for Science in the Public Interest reads.

The Pentagon’s 2020 China Report
The Pentagon has just released its long-awaited 2020 version of its annual report on China’s military developments. Check out the latest Strategic Security blog post for a complete review of the elements concerning China’s nuclear forces.

Scientific Community Supports Call for Research and Action on Systemic Racism in Academia
If we want #DiversityinSTEM, we must investigate why past efforts have only produced incremental change. FAS joins 70+ science orgs and House Science Chairwoman Johnson in calling for a NASEM study on the influence of systemic racism in academia.

National Academies workshop on airborne spread of SARS-CoV-2
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine took a deep dive into the science about the transmission of the coronavirus, featuring experts in aerosol science, virology, infectious disease, and epidemiology. The workshop’s sessions are available here. And check out this week’s Science Policy Roundup here.

Ethics4NextGen AI Summit
DataEthics4All is hosting the Ethics4NextGen AI Summit, Bootcamp and Hackathon to raise the next generation of Inclusive AI. For more information on the summit, the hackathon challenges, and how to participate, visit the DataEthics4All website.

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