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Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca

Countries across the world are currently rolling out three main versions of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The first vaccines were administered in December, with plans to complete a large portion of the rollout throughout 2021.
January 15, 2021

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Dec. 14 after being given emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 11. Moderna also received...

Pandemic journal: Heart to heart, mind to mind 

“I love you,” my dad said, radiating warmth and alacrity before his cheery smile, with the scruffy beginnings of a beard, disappeared from the screen. In those short minutes, he never once mentioned the demoralizing experience of complete isolation for two weeks, pacing back and forth each day in less than 300 square feet of space with just a small window overlooking a measly freeway.  
January 15, 2021

“Qi Qi!” My dad’s beaming face fills up my small phone screen, a tiny beacon in the post-sunset gloom of an early November evening.  “Hello?” I said, happy to see him, but nonetheless surprised....

How the Pfizer vaccine works: A breakdown

How the Pfizer vaccine works: A breakdown
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...

The show must go on: Student directors prepare plays to be shown virtually

From left to right, Jasmine Li (10), Sarah Raymond (12) and Aastha Mangla (10) rehearse lines in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center on Nov. 18. All three students are performing in senior director Vaishnavi Murari's play
December 18, 2020

Ever since joining the performing arts community at the upper school in freshman year, Topaz Gao (12) knew they found their place of inspiration. Their journey in theater inspired them to dabble in playwriting,...

Pepperdine journalism advisor gives tips on covering diversity and inclusion in a visit to Harker Journalism

Elizabeth J. Smith, the Director of Pepperdine Graphic Media, discussed COVID-19 coverage and equitable reporting in a visit with Harker Journalism on Dec. 9.
December 13, 2020

Director of Pepperdine Graphic Media (PGM) Elizabeth R. Smith visited period four Harker journalism on Dec. 9, speaking about her experience advising Pepperdine University’s journalism staff and giving...

Santa Clara County to implement new COVID-19 stay-at-home order

The toiletries aisle at a Safeway store in Saratoga was empty on Nov. 21, as local residents stock up on essential supplies to prepare for the increased county restrictions. Health officials issued a new stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 10 p.m. today until Jan. 4.
December 6, 2020

Santa Clara County health officials issued a temporary stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 10 p.m. today in response to a recent surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Bay Area. The...

3 COVID-19 vaccines move forward after promising Phase 3 clinical trial data

3 COVID-19 vaccines move forward after promising Phase 3 clinical trial data
December 2, 2020

Biotechnology companies Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca released first interim analysis reports from Phase 3 trials of their respective COVID-19 vaccines, all within the past month. The vaccines have efficacy...

Honors Analytical Chemistry students conduct in-person lab over Thanksgiving break

Nilisha Baid (12) pours out the contents of a volumetric flask into a sink during an experiment as her lab partner, Vaishnavi Murari (12), looks on via Zoom. Six out of the seven students in Honors Analytical Chemistry participated in the Nov. 21 in-person lab.
December 1, 2020

With her hair tied back and safety goggles on, senior Nilisha Baid carefully lets some solution out of the buret and into an Erlenmeyer flask on Nov. 21 as part of an on-campus Honors Analytical Chemistry...

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

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...

Staying Healthy with Saloni: Election edition

Take a step back from the chaos of the election. Limit your intake of news and social media pre-and-post election. Encourage positive conversations rather than heated debates over partisan topics. Practice relaxation techniques, be it yoga, meditation or anything else.
November 1, 2020

How many times a day do you read political tweets? How many times do you scroll through Instagram posts encouraging you to vote one way or the other? How many times have your conversations with friends...

Shifting schedules: Bay Area schools begin reopening process

Harker lower school students, supervised by the Bucknall/Blackford Enrichment and Supervision Team (BEST) staff, run around on campus in early October. The upper school campus plans to stay in remote learning mode for the foreseeable future, with certain after school offerings being made available to students after Oct. 19.
Schools make plans to resume in-person learning activities
October 27, 2020

Santa Clara County allowed schools to resume in-person classes on Sept. 23 as the county remained in Tier 2 for over 14 days. As Harker plans to continue remote learning while offering opportunities for...

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