Happy hump day!
Progress, even incremental, is a hopeful thing.
“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” - Maya Angelou
1. So generic
Pfizer Inc. signed a deal this week to allow other manufacturers to make its experimental COVID-19 antiviral pill. The deal, signed with the U.N.-backed Medicines Patent Pool, would let generic drug companies produce the pill for use in 95 poorer countries.
Fewer than 1% of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines have gone to poorer countries, so the deal represents much-needed access to treatment. It is progress, not perfection. Global medical access in the pandemic could still use work, but we’ll take it!
2. Welcome to the couch
Long wait times are all too common for people seeking mental health appointments. It can take weeks to get in, regardless of the concern or crisis. It can take even longer if the health system is under-resourced or if you live in rural areas where specialists are hard to find.
But California is testing a solution: new legislation that requires insurers to limit wait times for appointments. It represents a step forward in much needed health care access. This is an audio story, so rest your eyes, reduce your screen time, and give it a listen.
If you’re waiting (and not currently living in California), here are a few ways to cope.
3. Older and bolder
In a country with a complicated relationship with aging, it’s nice to hear about the perks. New research from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and its partners indicates that feeling older — not necessarily being older — can prompt people to donate more, show more kindness and feel a greater stake in the future of our society.Share on facebook Share Share on twitter Tweet Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Forward
Our initial grumblings about the time change have passed, but are you still looking up at the end of your work day and wondering where the sun went? In Danish culture, hygge (hyoo-guh) refers to an everyday experience of coziness, safety and connection with others. Maybe it’s time to hygge-it-out.
You’re half-way there! The weekend is just around the corner. - MO
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