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This month we take a deep look at topic of the COVID vaccine, examining the creation, efficacy and roll-out of it, as well as the science behind the vaccine and the virus. We also have a personal testimony from someone coping with COVID-19 in the context of mental illness. There has long been scepticism about taking vaccines, especially for myelinated people, and the speed at which

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This month we take a deep look at topic of the COVID vaccine, examining the creation, efficacy and roll-out of it, as well as the science behind the vaccine and the virus. We also have a personal testimony from someone coping with COVID-19 in the context of mental illness.

There has long been scepticism about taking vaccines, especially for myelinated people, and the speed at which the one for COVID-19 came to market, considering the time the virus spread to pandemic stage. It was less than ayear! Now either that speaks to exceedingly rapid developments in vaccine science, or …… As Nick Nunes points out in his‘Curious about vaccines’ feature on page 32“the mumps vaccine—considered the fastest ever approved—took four years to go from collecting viral samples to licensing a drug in 1967.” This is a comparison of a scientific innovation of over 50 years ago. There is an assertion that more development has taken place in the last 50years than the total which had been in all the years before that. This vaccine is certainly evidence of the speed of innovation.

The 4/20 movement has gained traction around the world, and some may argue it played a role in the decriminalisation/legalisation of cannabis for both recreational and medical use. Thus, it is fitting that in this issue the Barbados Medical Cannabis Licensing Authority share a testimony of cannabis as medicine.

Given that our nation is predominantlyChristian, and this is the Easter Season, we take a look at another herb called‘holy basil’. Healthiness is next to godliness too, so enjoy learning more about it.

This edition could very well be dedicated to men, as we have four features on very different men.

World Health Day falls on April 7. Last year the theme took place in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic and was therefore launched as‘Support Nurses and Midwives.A year on we are still in the middle of the same pandemic,so fittingly, this year’s World Health Day theme centres on building a healthier, fairer world because – as we all know – this world is an unequal one.

See the Nation’s social media pages for more information of Health awareness days/weeks for the month of April.

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