But many experts surveyed also believe vaccine development will take place at an accelerated rate — ScienceDaily

Experts working in the field of vaccine development tend to believe that an effective vaccine is not likely to be available for the general public before the fall of 2021. In a paper published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, a McGill-led team published the results of a recent survey of 28 experts working in vaccinology.

The survey was carried out in late June 2020. The majority of those surveyed were mostly Canadian or American academics with an average of 25 years of experience working in the field.

“Experts in our survey offered forecasts on vaccine development that were generally less optimistic than the timeline of early 2021 offered by US public officials. In general they seem to believe that a publicly available vaccine next summer is the best-case scenario with the possibility that it may take until 2022,” said Jonathan Kimmelman, a James McGill professor

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Pandemic accelerated the adoption and sophistication of IoT technology

The enterprise is finding its digital capabilities have been put to the test amid the coronavirus crisis, and a new report from Vodafone Business shows IoT’s significant impact.


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When it became apparent to Americans that our only recourse in dealing with COVID-19 was to isolate, as well as work and learn remotely, businesses were finding their digital capabilities tested. The response? The Internet of Things (IoT)  is vital to the success of US businesses (92%), according to a new report, 2020 IoT Spotlight from the communications company Vodafone Business.

During the pandemic, the report showed, 84% of IoT-adopter businesses in the US increased the pace of their IoT projects, 76% of US businesses considering IoT agreed COVID-19 accelerated adoption plans, and 79% of US businesses launched new IoT projects as a result of the crisis.

Vodafone queried 1,639 companies to unveil the positive effects that IoT has had

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Delivery Fleets See Move To Electric Accelerated By Covid And Emerging Technologies

Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020 published by BloombergNEF, states that there are over 500,000 e-buses and almost 400,000 electric delivery vans and trucks on the road globally.  All forecasts regarding electric fleet usage predict significant growth over the next decade. EV makers such as Arrival, Workhorse and Hyliion are all racing to produce delivery vehicles to meet the growing demand.

Furthermore, because of the development of supporting technologies in automated driving and charging. Electric delivery vans are now providing a very compelling argument for fleet buyers: quoted in the New York Times, Tim Denoyer, vice president and senior analyst at ACT Research, a forecaster and consulting company specializing in commercial vehicles said; “The rise in e-commerce is increasing demand for electric delivery vans and because of three factors — the short length of operation, the ability to return to a central base, and frequent stops and starts that

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