A lot has been occurring throughout the world recently, including the outbreak of a zombie deer disease, the danger of the landmines in Yemen, a lawsuit against insulin giants, and even preparations for the 2020 Presidential Election. The world seems to be focused on its own lives, when each of these stories could affect the United States in various ways that could change the fate of the country. Each of these stories presents a new issue to add to the pile of issues that brings the world down.
Recently, a disease has broken out throughout 24 states that causes deer, moose and elk to become zombie-like, affecting their brain and motor skills. The disease is called the chronic wasting disease, and it eats away at the brain of the animal, having an effect similar to dementia. It spreads through contact with infected saliva, blood, and bodily fluids from other animals. The reason that it causes alarm is because experts warn that the infection could soon spread to humans, like the “mad cow disease,” through infected meat.
In the Middle East, on the other hand, there are prominent deadly issues that seem unfixable. Yemen has recently been facing death and injuries due to landmines that are left over from the Houthi rebels, who planted the mines during the war to terrorize the public. The war was between the rebels, who were backed by Iran, and the government, who was supported by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Nearly 350 people have died and been injured from the landmines since 2016.
Back in the United States, insulin companies like Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk have been facing a class-act lawsuit. The original lawsuit was filed in 2017 and was tossed out not long after it was filed. Recently, the lawsuit has been refiled in an attempt to sue the companies for the unethical rise in insulin costs that was supposedly due to competition between the insulin giants. The lawsuit states that the insulin list prices have grown to nearly 150%, causing patients to be stuck with pricy bills and going to dangerous extremes to receive their insulin. The companies, on the other hand, state that the lawsuit is an attempt to criminalize aspects of pharmacies.
Jumping ahead to 2020, many democratic candidates have already announced that they are running for president in an attempt to keep Donald Trump out of office for a second term. Bernie Sanders is one of the candidates that will run for president for the second time because he believes he should run to try to replace Trump. Other candidates include Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, and Cory Booker.
Sources: futurism.com, apnews.com, fiercepharma.com, foxnews.com