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A mural in Rome depicts a white dove parachuting vials of COVID-19 vaccine. Several COVID-19 vaccines are based on a viral vector developed by Canadian Frank Graham decades ago. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

How the puzzle of viral vector vaccines was solved, leading to today’s COVID-19 shots

Viral vectors are modified viruses that trigger an immune response without causing infection. The vector that’s used in several COVID-19 vaccines was created decades ago by Canadian Frank Graham.
Although some youth are clearly reporting a negative effect on their social, personal and educational lives during the pandemic, the majority are responding to COVID-19 in ways that are developmentally and psychologically normal. (Canva)

Not as good as we want, not as bad as we’ve heard: Teen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Is there a mental health crisis among young people, or are worry and sadness to be expected? Pathologizing normal, healthy responses to adverse events promotes misunderstanding about mental illness.
On Weibo, a Twitter-like social media website in China, feminists created hashtags such as “#她能” (#SheCan), “#看见女性劳动者” (#SeeingWomenWorkers) with the aim of helping women feel empowered. (Shutterstock)

Feminist responses on Weibo aim to fight the misrepresentation of women during COVID-19 in China

Feminists across China came together on Weibo to fight back against under- and misrepresentation of them during the early days of COVID-19.
An anti-vaccine protester and a vaccine supporter demonstrate in from of a Montréal hospital in September, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Why ensuring trust is important in reducing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Trust is needed to curb vaccine hesitancy. Governments need to explain vaccines and other public health measures, while also speaking to the broader purpose of caring for the community we belong to.
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. Here actor Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis set in a post-apocalyptic version of Toronto. Urbansoul Inc

Afrofuturism and its possibility of elsewhere: The power of political imagination

Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. To do so, they imagine a reality in which Black people are the agents of their own story, countering histories that discount and dismiss them.

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