News Insight - August 3ʳᵈ

Vaccine Race: Who Will Recover from Covid-19 First?

Nobel winning biologist Joshua Lederberg once stated that “The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” But for a long time, scientists had believed that the upcoming threat would be because of influenza viruses. So accordingly, the pharmaceutical industry was prepared for that type of viruses. Influenza, known as flu, was well known and some countries had sleeping contracts for possible treatments when the 2009 ‘bird flu’ pandemic hit the world. However, nobody had foreseen that the next pandemic would come from coronavirus; hence nobody signed a contract nor researched for coronavirus vaccine. Yet, companies have acted quickly and are now in competition with each other in the so-called ‘COVID-19 vaccine race.’

—  Begüm GÜVEN

Editor's Note

Hello Everyone,

We have good news, great news, and excellent articles this month! First, the good news is that we added a section called ‘About’ to explain our section names and the contents of the sections. Moving on to the great news, we had more time to put on our articles since all of our authors are college students and the spring term has finished. So, we doubled the number of articles in some sections, even tripled the articles in the Present and Voting section. Finally, our excellent articles are waiting for you!


During the period that we prepared our fifth issue, we continued to experience and learn from the environment we live in. As our issue counts increase, our political views and interests keep evolving and we try to keep the subjects of our articles diversified. Distracting ourselves from the bad news and looking for entertainment are crucial elements to keep ourselves together. We totally value this side of the content-consuming and prepared a number of articles in our Intersection, Online, Trivial, and Present and Chill sections for this manner. To continue with the serious matters, usually, we tend to focus on the bigger picture and examine the world’s ongoing problems, but we made an exception to look at the growing number of femicides issue in Turkey in this issue. One of the editors of the third issue, Nilay Şebnem YAREN wrote an opinion essay on Sexism and Gender-Based Crimes in Present and Voting. As the editors of this issue, we analyzed the past and the present of Feminism in Universal. Of course, we did not forget about the pandemic and its ongoing effects in our lives, you can find COVID related articles in Agenda of the Month and Spotlight. As usual, we have plenty of articles on today’s politics and historical backgrounds of current events. Do not forget to check out the rest of the sections, otherwise, you will miss so much of the good work!


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Until next time, wear your mask and protect the city!


Hülya AFAT & Didem ÖZÇAKIR

Editors of This Issue


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