MAKER’S AGAINST COVID19
This Spanish maker initiative is a result of the generosity and solidarity of makers all over the world. Through this initiative, makers are channeling their solidarity with medical workers and exposed personnel affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Hundreds of companies, individuals, and collectives have supported the initiative.
The initiative has sparked new regional channels, based on open source Arduino boards, that are building medical supplies and PPE locally. This new network prioritized personal protective equipment (PPE), which was one of the biggest challenges for Spain’s public health system. More than one million protective face shields have been produced in Spain alone, which is an incredible feat.
Now, the Food and Drug Administration is advising vaccine makers to reformulate Covid-19 shots to offer greater protection against evolving coronaviruses. These new vaccines will contain a component of omicron BA.4/5, which is similar to the spike protein found in the original vaccine. The new vaccine should be able to be used as early as mid-fall 2022.