Leading up to today and even after I crossed the line, I’ve been gathering my thoughts about what’s most important to me. This year has been so unpredictable. With the pandemic and obviously the season being pushed back by several months, I had the most downtime I’ve ever had in my life. It gave me the chance to really think about my ultimate purpose. Seven World Championships means the world to me, I can’t even describe how much, but there’s still another race we’ve yet to win.
This year I’ve been driven not just by my desire to win on the track, but by a desire to help push our sport, and our world to become more diverse and inclusive. I promise you I am not going to stop fighting for change. We have a long way to go but I will continue to push for equality within our sport, and within the greater world we live in.
Equaling Michael Schumacher’s record puts a spotlight on me that I know won’t be here forever. So, while you’re here, paying attention, I want to ask everyone to do their part in helping to create a more equal world. Let’s be more accepting and kinder to each other. Let’s make it so that opportunity is not something that is dependent on background or skin colour.
Nothing is impossible. A driving force for me this year has been to set an example for the next generation, to never give up on your dreams. I was told by many that my dream was impossible, yet here I am. I want you to know that you can do it too. Never give up, keep fighting, and let’s keep rising to the occasion. #S7ILLRISING
The flu, mumps, rubella vaccines are live attenuated vaccine, the Chinese, with Sinopharm and Sinovac, went for this type of vaccine against Sars Cov 2. Western companies instead, went for inactivated vaccines like:
1/ genetic vaccines like Moderna or Pfizer,
2/ viral vector vaccines like Johnson and Johnson or AstraZeneca or
3/ protein based vaccines like Novavax.
But in the case of Covid, the most obvious candidate to work with for the vaccine is the whole inactivated Chinese vaccine of Sinopharm that is approved in UAE and China already.
Western companies have a perverse incentive (and yes I am a big fan of capitalism but sometimes it doesn’t work) because they want IP around the vaccine technology: the attenuated live vaccine technology has been around for too long to be patented.
Seeking IP, European and American companies have to find the exact antigen that create the right antibodies to protect you from full blown Covid. Sinopharm and Sinovac instead, give you the whole antigenic surface and let your immune system have more choices. Hence more likely to work.
At this point it is likely that the Chinese vaccines will be better than the Western vaccines. If you think differently would love to hear your views as to why.
Photo: A medical worker shows the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by SinoPharm at the company’s vaccine candidate production plant on April 10 (Xinhua).
Between Covid and insufficient public funding for elections, there are unprecedented challenges for election officials working to make sure everyone can vote safely this year. Last month Priscilla and I donated $300 million to support election officials with the infrastructure they need to administer the vote – including voting equipment, PPE for poll workers and hiring additional poll staff.
We’ve gotten a far greater response than we expected from election officials needing funding for voting infrastructure, so today we’re committing an additional $100 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life to make sure that every jurisdiction that needs funding to help people vote safely can get it. So far, more than 2,100 local election jurisdictions have submitted applications to CTCL for support.
Since our initial donation, there have been multiple lawsuits filed in an attempt to block these funds from being used, based on claims that the organizations receiving donations have a partisan agenda. That’s false. These funds will serve communities throughout the country — urban, rural and suburban – and are being allocated by non-partisan organizations. The Center for Tech and Civic Life shared data on the grant applications so far that shows that while a number of large jurisdictions have applied, the majority of applications have come from jurisdictions with fewer than 25,000 registered voters. All qualified jurisdictions that apply for the funds will be approved.
Voting is the foundation of democracy. It’s how we express our voice and make sure our country is heading in the direction we want. Priscilla and I remain determined to ensure that every state and local election jurisdiction has the resources they need so Americans can vote.
To be clear, I agree with those who say that government should have provided these funds, not private citizens. I hope that for future elections the government provides adequate funding. But absent that funding, I think it’s critical that this urgent need is met.
Voting is voice, and we believe every American should have the chance to make their voice heard in this election.
Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day — a reminder to take the first step to vote and make sure your voice is heard. This year with the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to make sure everyone knows how to safely cast their vote.
Since last weekend, we’ve been showing information about how to register at the top of the Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger apps. These notifications take you directly to the relevant page on your state’s official website or our non-partisan partner organization if online voter registration isn’t available in your state. Information from the Voting Information Center, including facts about voting and up-to-date info from state election authorities, will also continue to be at the top of our apps nearly every day through the election. So far, 39 million people have visited the Voting Information Center on Facebook and Instagram.
We’re also kicking off a national ad campaign today called “More Questions, More Answers” — which encourages people to make sure they have the information they need to ensure their vote is counted. Tomorrow, we’re premiering a one-hour Vote-A-Thon 2020 special on the Facebook app page hosted by Liza Koshy. It’ll cover topics like voter registration, voting by mail and poll worker recruitment, and it will help set the record straight on common misconceptions about the voting process.
As I’ve said before, voting is voice, and in a democracy, voting is the ultimate way we hold our leaders accountable and make sure the country is heading in the direction we want. I hope that this National Voter Registration Day, you’ll consider registering to make sure your voice is heard.
Today we’re launching the Climate Science Information Center — a dedicated space that we’ll be highlighting at the top of Facebook with authoritative information from the world’s leading climate organizations.
As we’ve seen the wildfires raging across the west coast of the US and the flooding in South Sudan and South Asia, it’s clear that climate change is real and the need to act is growing more urgent every day.
The Climate Science Information Center will include factual resources from trusted organizations and, most critically, it will include actionable steps you can take in your everyday life to combat climate change.
To meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius, global emissions will need to be net zero by 2050. To help meet this goal, Facebook’s global operations will achieve net zero emissions in 2020 and we plan to reach net zero emissions across our entire value chain in 2030.
We will reduce our value chain emissions through efficient design, operations, and construction across the life cycle of our offices, data centers and hardware. We’ll help scale existing technology and the development of new solutions that will reduce GHG emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere. We are committing to the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi), joining other companies who have aligned their corporate climate goals with the latest research on what is necessary to transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it’s too late. We’ll do our part and hope to inspire others to do the same.
We’re less than two months away from the US elections, and we are seeing a massive shortage of poll workers to staff voting stations. Shortages can lead to hours-long waits at the polls, which makes it harder for people to participate in the democratic process. It is estimated that almost half a million poll workers will be needed this year — especially due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.
To help attract more people for these critical jobs, Facebook is launching a poll worker recruitment drive this weekend, making it easy for people to sign up and serve as a poll worker with their state election authorities.
To do this, we will show a message at the top of News Feed to people in the US over the age of 18. We’ve also offered free ad credits to every state election authority so they can recruit poll workers across our platforms. California has already started running these ads and several more states are joining in the coming days. We’re also offering paid time off to all employees at Facebook in the US who want to volunteer to staff the polls.
This recruitment drive is part of Facebook’s larger voting information campaign, with the goal to help 4 million people register and vote. Priscilla and I have also personally donated $300 million to non-partisan organizations supporting states and local counties in strengthening our voting infrastructure. Voting is voice, and in a democracy, it’s the ultimate way we hold our leaders accountable and make sure the country is heading in the direction we want.
With Covid affecting our communities, this election will be unlike any other we’ve seen. We are doing everything we can to help as many people as possible register and make their voice heard at the ballot box. If you plan to serve as a poll worker, check out the poll worker section in the Voting Information Center, which you can find in your menu bar on Facebook.
Going electric through Berlin! After last year’s huge success, the GREENTECH FESTIVAL 2020 will take place from September 16-18: Kraftwerk Berlin & Online! I’ve been to Berlin to work with my team on the final steps….and I thought, why not do a vlog for you? It’s been a super fun day moving with electric vehicles in Berlin. Let me know how you like this vlog and if you want to see more!
So proud to finally announce Team X44! ⚡️ Team X44 will be joining the Extreme E series and I’m really excited to share this project with you. It will be fun to have a different role from being the team driver. What is most appealing though, is that the Extreme E Championship will be not only raising awareness of some of the most critical environmental issues facing our planet, but also doing something about it through working with local charitable organisations to leave behind no trace and a long-lasting legacy of change. Every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, together with my love for our planet, to have a positive impact. I’m looking forward to the team taking part in this new series and I think it’s incredible that we can do so whilst raising awareness about the climate crisis.