New year, new concepts: Digital vaccine passports. Vaxxies

by Rashmee

Posted on January 1, 2021


Digital vaccine passports. Vaxxies. The first term signifies antibody protection – those who completed the Covid-19 vaccine course. The second allows entry into the same exclusive new club – the vaccinated person who takes a selfie while engaged in the act. Happy new year. It’s all change in a global pandemic. Expect to see the … Continue reading “New year, new concepts: Digital vaccine passports. Vaxxies”

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Past pandemics as a guide to this one

by Rashmee

Posted on December 24, 2020


Ever wondered what behaviour change has been wrought by past pandemics? Yale physician and sociologist Nicholas Christakis has an answer. The spittoon. No one uses them the way they once did. Until the 1918 pandemic, these great receptacles for spit were common in pubs, saloons and hotels across the United States. But when a highly … Continue reading “Past pandemics as a guide to this one”

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Is Dr Fauci a savvy enough public servant?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 30, 2020


When I heard America’s top doctor, Anthony Fauci, pleading with the US president (starts at 14:08) to drop the “political bickering” from the fight against the virus, I remembered a recent piece titled “the savvy civil servant”. The article, by Peter Constantinou of York University, makes a very basic point: Even though public servants are … Continue reading “Is Dr Fauci a savvy enough public servant?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK