Libyan medical supply chain recovering from civil war
Help is on the way for Libyan rebels trying to overthrow authoritarian leader Gaddafi, and the aid is coming in the form of a renewed medical supply chain.
The World Health Organization is aiming to begin shipping essential drugs to Libya in the coming weeks. The WHO’s announcement comes on the heels of the Dutch government unfreezing €100M (US $143M) in funds belonging to Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya.
A United Nations spokesman says that the funds will go toward the purchasing of urgently needed supplies for Libya’s population, including vaccines, insulin, chemotherapy medicine and dialysis drugs.
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WHO’s Tarik Jasarevic said that Libya spends about $500-700 million annually on imported drugs and medical supplies. “We hope to ship some medicines in a couple of weeks but for others it could take longer,” Jasarevic told the Associated Press.
Medical supplies have run dangerously low following the outbreak of the Libyan civil war in February earlier this year. The war began when a series of protests were met by military force by the Gaddafi regime.
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Rebellion quickly spread throughout the country, with anti-Gaddafi forces establishing a government named the National Transitional Council in the city of Benghazi on the coast of the Mediterranean in eastern Libya.
The ongoing Libyan civil war is slowly turning in the favor of the rebels, who are gaining continued support from powerful Western nations. NATO bombings have helped the rebels continue a successful offensive against Gaddafi’s forces in western Libya.
A recovering medical supply chain and aid from the World Health Organization can only help Libya’s rebels, whose fight has lasted for six months.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
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