China, David, Xin Jiang discussed on Science Friday
Well, Gaza isn't the only place to go on lock down. China's Xinjiang region has been under strict lock down for over a month and residents. Frustration is starting to show. That was a video from the city of Mushi, China, where residents on lock down Bennett. Their frustration in a Citywide Scream session on Sunday. David How is the pandemic? Looking in China? It seems like the situation and changing is a bit of an outlier. Yes, that's right. So is where it started. So we've bean seeing lockdowns every time a minor outbreak begins. The Chinese government has a policy of essentially wanting no infections at all on by shutting the country down, basically closing the borders and On having this very, very strict lock down whenever cases arrived. Most of the country where I'm in Beijing right now is we think we're pretty much covet free, which is amazing thing for such a large country. The problem with changing there's two overlapping separate problems. One is Xin Jiang is already very, very aggressive Police state because they have their own campaign against Of the 10 million Muslims from the week of minority who lived there. We knew that there have been outbreaks in Xin Jiang because we use Western journalists cannot easily get in there at the moment closed down because of the virus. There may be things happening in camps on DH detention centers for Uighurs that are horrors that we know nothing about the stuff that you were playing those videos. That's the other half off. The 22 million people who live in changing those are hand Chinese settlers who have been encouraged to move into Xin Jiang. His economic migrants to dilute the impact of Uighurs from the Chinese central government's point of view, they have traditionally been very privileged bunch of kind of colonial settlers. They have also because Jin Jiang is a very tough police state because of this locked down on the coverage. They are taking very badly. The fact that they have been in some cases welded into their own homes with iron bars and welded shut front doors only lead a very small amount of food and they took to social media. And we're complaining. Very vociferously. The tragedy is there's another half of the population of leaders who we know almost nothing about what's happening to them. China is also considered a leading country in the race for a vaccine. David, what progress have they made so far? Do we know We do know that they are giving the vaccines even before they've gone through phase three testing. They've been giving them for actually, months now to so called sensitive people. We know that members of the military I've been taking this. I've heard anecdotally that people who work for pharmaceutical companies in China have been taking the vaccine. There's rumors among diplomats here in Beijing that delegates to the rubber stamp parliament, the National People's Congress. All had taken early experimental vaccine People of Beijing Apple, supposing another rumor in the diplomatic circuit of having take this vaccine. Well, that's really about for China is not only is China's Attempts to have no infections a tool a bet on getting a vaccine quite soon, because as long as they keep the economy closed down like this, and the border is close, it's really hurting them economically. They're betting on a vaccine because they've taken the other approach from some European countries. You want to go for her community. There is no herd immunity here because they want to have No cases at all. It's also about prestige in diplomatic power that if China has one of the first functioning vaccines that works, they are clearly going to be expecting countries to be very nice to China. If they want that vaccine, so we know there's three or four candidates. One of them is actually being produced a joint venture by the People's Liberation Army that raises its own questions about imagine the political crisis in somewhere like America. If the first really effective vaccine is a Chinese military vaccine, how many Americans are going to want to take that? Would the president of its president Trump recommend that people take that? So we're seeing a a geopolitical crisis just over the horizon off this public health catastrophe? Well, Nancy, then there's also a question Once there is a vaccine, how it gets to people how it's distributed, who gets first crack at it. And how are we seeing that that conversation play out globally? Well, I think that's such an important point. And, you know, it's related to the top of your talking about earlier about the elimination of polio because one of the things that we learned is how to get vaccines to people in that case, polio and potentially There will be lessons learned their Visa VI Cove it because in places like Nigeria, which was one of the last African countries to eliminate polio. One of the places where they struggle was was a state of Borneo, where Boko Haram was operating on limiting the ability of vaccines to get through and so When we think about distribution. I think we're going to face the whole host of questions, and the only sort of measure or lessons will have our from previous efforts to get vaccines out. Not only that they'll be issues will see with trust about vaccines and whether they're reliable way We've heard in the case of polio people afraid to bring their Children for because they didn't want to expose. How malnutrition they were, how much parents were unable to support their Children, and so the number of issues that could come up with distribution of vaccine and remember we're not even at vaccine. David talked about the political ones. I think we're going to see a number of practical ones as well as as the attempted distribution happens worldwide. A new report from UNICEF says that at least a third of the world schoolchildren are unable to access remote learning during the pandemic. Jen, What do we do about this finding in which regions are most affected? Share. So there's a new report that was published Thursday by UNICEF said. Like You said, at least one third of the world schoolchildren basically lack the equipment or the access to allow them to pursue. I mean, just of learning and pretty much as with with everything like this. It is the the world's most vulnerable populations as usual, that are going to end up, you know, being hardest hit. There are significant geographical differences when it comes to Children's access to distance learning. You know, For example, in Africa and parts of Asia, there's much less Internet connectivity. Much less access to the kind of technology you know, compared to say, a place like Europe or in North America. So we're seeing this kind of huge, huge gap on the report is based on data gathered from a roughly 100 countries. On measuring public access to Internet TV radio, But you know, even I think it's It's also interesting to note that even in places like United States where we have, you know much better Internet connectivity, then lot of places in the world. We're very lucky to have that. You know, we're even seeing problems here. They're just, you know, this week. We're talking about this. This chromebook shortage right? This shortage of chromebook laptops that are used in In many, many, many American schools for distance learning, And so there's a shortage now and so, you know, even students who do have Internet access or having trouble in the United States accessing distance learning, so I think You know, Part of this is theater tire world is suddenly trying Tio dramatically changed. You know, in a manner of a few months how how education is provided right and and it's not easy in some places to scale up. No broadband Internet access in places that haven't had it in just a few months. And so I think we're continuing to see the struggle for parents who are trying to figure out how to go back to work. You know, While having kids stuck at home, How did you know even how to figure out howto educate them themselves. If they can't get access to the classroom, teachers are having to try to figure out how to do this in a way that replicates in some way, the kind of quality learning experience that they're used to having the classroom. The lack of technology is just further kind of gap between the haves and the have nots that we're going to see and it's going to set back. I think a generation of Children we're talking about the week's top.