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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Kris Estrada (11) poses with a cutout of Dr. Anthony Fauci after receiving his Pfizer booster dose on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Valley Specialty Center in the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Pfizer authorized a single booster dose for 16 and 17-year olds on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Pfizer authorizes booster dose for 16, 17-year-olds

by Sabrina Zhu and Alysa Suleiman December 14, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccine for administration to 16 and 17-year-olds on Thursday, Dec. 9.  “We know that COVID-19 vaccines are...

Global Headlines (Issue 1)

Global Headlines (Issue 1)

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People & Seniors Editor August 26, 2021

Afghanistan falls to Taliban control The Afghan government crumbled on Aug. 15 as the Taliban took charge of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's fall came nearly 20 years after the U.S. invaded the country...

A fire broke out at the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, the Serum Institute of India, on Jan. 21, leaving at least five people dead.

Global Headlines (Issue 4)

by Isha Moorjani, Asst. News Editor February 15, 2021

London approves removal of statues related to city’s role in slavery The removal of the statues of William Beckford and Sir John Cass from the Guildhall home of statues was approved by the Policy...

After Pfizer and BioNTech received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 11, vaccinations have begun in all 50 states. Front-line workers and the elderly have been prioritized to receive the vaccine first.

How the Pfizer vaccine works: A breakdown

by Sabrina Zhu and Mark Hu January 6, 2021

After Pfizer and BioNTech received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 11, vaccinations have begun in all 50 states. Front-line...

Increase in single-use plastics during the pandemic harms the environment

by Sabrina Zhu, Assistant STEM Editor November 10, 2020

The rise of single-use plastics and other waste used for safety and protection during the pandemic can leave a lasting, negative mark on our environment.  Supermarkets and convenience stores have...

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a test kit in February, during the early stages of the outbreak, but it proved to be faulty. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in March that it would begin to issue Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) to clinical laboratories and commercial manufacturers that have produced tests that are screened by the FDA before their distribution and use.

COVID-19 testing and treatments explained: Cases ramp up as researchers race to find sustainable cures

by Mark Hu, Katie Wang, and Nicholas Wei May 20, 2020

As COVID-19 infections continue to spread across the nation, hospitals across Santa Clara Valley are taking measures to increase the number of resources available for patients, including ventilators and...

The TV screen in downstairs Shah displays tips on staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

Santa Clara County, local schools take additional precautionary measures as COVID-19 countywide case count reaches 66

by Eric Fang and Srinath Somasundaram March 12, 2020

In addition to all four Harker campuses, dozens of schools across the Bay Area are suspending classes and extracurricular events, as Santa Clara County and California public health officials limited the...

The condiment bar in Fresh Mex in the auxiliary gym was closed last Friday as kitchen staff worked to implement a reduction in self-served items in food service.

Upper school cafeteria limits self-served food items to limit the spread of COVID-19, among other local health measures

by Mark Hu and Sabrina Zhu March 9, 2020

The upper school has recently removed self-serve food stations to reduce extra student contact with food due to concerns over the coronavirus.  As of March 6, the salad and fruit bar in Manzanita and...

A custodial worker cleans the classrooms in Main after school yesterday. Harker is taking extra precautionary actions to ensure the appropriate sanitation of its campuses.

Upper school takes precautionary measures against COVID-19 as California governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency

by Mark Hu, Winged Post STEM Editor March 7, 2020

Governor of California Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 4 to increase medical resources and standardize guidance in mitigating the spread of the virus in response to the concerns over...

A warning sign with information about coronavirus and a station with hand sanitizer, tissues and face masks stand outside the entrance doors to the emergency room of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. As of March 2, there are 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.

Community spread, local outbreaks of coronavirus impacts countries around the world

by Kathy Fang, Varsha Rammohan, and Arushi Saxena March 3, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first possible cases of community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. last week in California, Oregon and Washington as well as the first six...

Emergency masks in the upper school office of nurse Clare Elchert. Masks like these are being used in China in public areas, where a novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is rapidly spreading.

New coronavirus outbreak spreads globally, raising public health concerns

by Kathy Fang and Eric Fang January 24, 2020

The outbreak of a new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has elevated public health concerns as it spread globally to countries as far as the U.S. and France. The spread of this virus has also...

Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

by Lucy Ge, Reporter May 26, 2019

The first version of the measles vaccine was developed over half a century ago by John Enders who, in 1963, successfully created the vaccine out of a specific strain of measles. Measles was reported eliminated,...

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