Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

The billionaire is working with the W.H.O., drugmakers and nonprofits to defeat the coronavirus everywhere, including in the world’s poorest nations. Can they do it?

#coalition-for-epidemic-preparedness-innovations, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gavi-the-vaccine-alliance, #philanthropy, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Don’t Fool Yourself. Trump Is Not an Aberration.

Many of the worst things the president has said and done were said and done by his predecessors.

#epidemics, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilson-woodrow

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How America Helped Stop the Coronavirus in Asia

*Just not in the United States.

#bats, #bush-george-w, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #united-states-agency-for-international-development

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Using the Law to Fight Epidemics, for Better and Worse

In “American Contagions,” John Fabian Witt writes about how jurisprudence has influenced public health, from promoting the social good to compounding existing inequalities.

#american-contagions-epidemics-and-the-law-from-smallpox-to-covid-19-book, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #law-and-legislation, #witt-john-fabian

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How Trump and Bolsonaro Broke Latin America’s Covid-19 Defenses

The two presidents drove out 10,000 Cuban doctors and nurses. They defunded the region’s leading health agency. They wrongly pushed hydroxychloroquine as a cure.

#amazon-river-basin, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #ecuador, #epidemics, #florida, #foundation-for-human-rights-in-cuba, #guayaquil-ecuador, #humanitarian-aid, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #medicine-and-health, #pan-american-health-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists

A manifesto urging reliance on “herd immunity” without lockdowns was warmly received by administration officials. But the strategy cannot stem the pandemic, many experts say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health, #nabarro-david, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-john-w, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science

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Will a Half-Step by Macron Be Enough to Blunt France’s Second Wave?

The imposition of a curfew in several major cities underscored a difficult choice: further dampening the economy or risking more lives.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations

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For 200 Years Courts Upheld Rules to Protect Americans’ Health. Until Now.

A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epidemics, #federal-courts-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

#autism, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #facebook-inc, #gavi-alliance, #kano-nigeria, #larson-heidi, #london-england, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #mumps, #nigeria, #piot-peter, #polls-and-public-opinion, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wakefield-andrew, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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In Terms of Child Mortality, It’s a Good Time for Public Health

Despite the crises of 2020, parents can realistically expect that children born today will outlive them. That wasn’t always the case.

#antibiotics, #babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #cholera, #epidemics, #infant-mortality, #parenting, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Americans Should Learn From Trump’s Infection

Forget the snark. Just wear a mask.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Test Positive for Covid-19

The president’s result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #miller-katie-rose, #pelosi-nancy, #pence-mike, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight

The World Health Organization said open borders would help fight disease. Experts, and a global treaty, emphatically agreed. But the scientific evidence was never behind them.

#alpine-skiing, #austria, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #world-health-organization

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Coronavirus Deaths Pass One Million Worldwide

Over the past 10 months, the virus has taken more lives than H.I.V., malaria, influenza and cholera. And as it sows destruction in daily life around the globe, it is still growing quickly.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics

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As Virus Cases Surge in Europe, Hospitalizations Lag. But for How Long?

For now, countries are betting they can suppress hospital admissions and deaths without imposing more lockdowns, even as case numbers approach peak levels from last spring.

#belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #europe, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #hospitals, #italy, #quarantines, #spain

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Advice on Virus Transmission Vanishes From C.D.C. Website

The new guidance, published only on Friday, had acknowledged that fine particles floating in air may spread the virus.

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Bill Gates on Coronavirus, Vaccines and Global Health

The Covid-19 pandemic has set back public health efforts by years. But in an interview, the tech philanthropist expressed hope about new avenues for foreign aid

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #humanitarian-aid, #philanthropy, #stimulus-economic, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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What if We Have to Wait Years for a Coronavirus Vaccine?

A silver-bullet vaccine is far from guaranteed. But it’s also not the only way out of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #debatable, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #immune-system, #tuberculosis, #viruses

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What’s Mightier Than the Coronavirus? A Freshly Killed Chicken

How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.

#avian-influenza, #beijing-china, #bubonic-plague, #chickens, #china, #chopsticks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #food, #great-britain, #guangdong-province-china, #hong-kong, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #influenza, #plague, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rabies, #restaurants, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #smallpox, #tables, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wuhan-china

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How to Stop the Next Pandemic

It’s not just Covid-19. Pathogens once confined to nature are making their way into humans on a more regular basis. And it’s our fault.

#biodiversity, #china, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daszak-peter, #ecohealth-alliance, #epidemics, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #lyme-disease, #nipah-virus, #quammen-david, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #walzer-christian, #wildlife-conservation-society, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year

A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort.

#africa, #avian-influenza, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolton-john-r, #carroll-dennis-public-health-adviser, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #ebola-virus, #ecohealth-alliance, #epidemic-intelligence-service, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #frieden-thomas-r, #livestock-diseases, #national-security-council, #presidents-malaria-initiative, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wuhan-china, #ziemer-r-timothy

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My Job? Telling People What Happens Next

I spend my time talking to experts, trying to envision what the future of the coronavirus crisis looks like. There aren’t a lot of rules on how to do this.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-daily-radio-program

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In N.Y.C.’s Coronavirus Surge, a Frightening Echo of the 1918 Flu

This spring, death rates rivaled those seen during the country’s deadliest pandemic, a new study finds. “What 1918 looked like is basically this.”

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #influenza, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #jama-network-open, #markel-howard, #new-york-city, #tomes-nancy, #your-feed-science

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‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air

Airborne virus plays a significant role in community transmission, many experts believe. A new study fills in the missing piece: Floating virus can infect cells.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #gainesville-fla, #hospitals, #lednicky-john, #marr-linsey, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #university-of-florida, #your-feed-science

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As Trump Praises Plasma, Researchers Struggle to Finish Critical Studies

Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have shown whether the therapy worked.

#american-red-cross, #blood-donation, #brigham-and-womens-hospital, #clinical-trials, #columbia-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #guerrero-elliott-bennett, #hahn-stephen-m-1960, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #johnson-dwayne-1972, #lipkin-w-ian, #mayo-clinic, #medicine-and-health, #research, #trump-donald-j, #your-feed-science

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Does Blood Plasma Work for Covid-19 Patients? No One Knows.

Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have showed whether the therapy worked.

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A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces

There’s not just one coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Now there are many, each requiring its own mix of solutions.

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Spain’s Coronavirus Crisis Accelerated as Warnings Went Unheeded

The Spanish epidemic has become a painful example of the tendency of one government after another to ignore the experiences of countries where the virus has already struck.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-antonio-1961, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #epidemics, #hospitals, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #sanchez-perez-castejon-pedro-1972, #tests-medical

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China Uses W.H.O. Inquiry to Tout Coronavirus Response

The global health agency sent two experts to China, but it is unclear how much access they are getting. They must first complete a two-week quarantine.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemics, #propaganda, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china

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Coronavirus Threatens the Luster of Superstar Cities

Urban centers, with a dynamism that feeds innovation, have long been resilient. But the pandemic could drive a shift away from density.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #income-inequality, #innovation, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #relocation-of-business, #telecommuting, #united-states-economy, #urban-areas

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Europe Said It Was Pandemic-Ready. Pride Was Its Downfall.

The coronavirus exposed European countries’ misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth.

#belgium, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #england, #epidemics, #europe, #european-union, #ferguson-neil-m, #france, #great-britain, #imperial-college-london, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-great-britain, #south-korea, #swine-influenza, #united-states

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What We Eat During a Plague

Over the past months, Americans have embraced comfort food with a renewed fervor. But this isn’t the first time culinary habits have shifted during a pandemic.

#boccaccio-giovanni, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #epidemics, #food, #plague, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Mass Death Is Not Inevitable

Some say we’re doomed. But science and public spending have saved us from pandemics worse than this one.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #quarantines

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A Missed Warning About Silent Coronavirus Infections

Why an early scientific report of symptom-free cases went unheeded.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #rothe-camilla, #world-health-organization

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8 Questions From a Disease Detective on the Pandemic’s Origins

Dr. Daniel R. Lucey wants answers to pointed questions that bear on how the coronavirus leapt from bats to humans.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #ferrets, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #lucey-daniel-r, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Is the Coronavirus Killing the World Health Organization?

President Trump is not its only problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #debatable, #epidemics, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #world-health-organization

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W.H.O. to Review Evidence of Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus

The World Health Organization plans to update its advice after hundreds of experts urged the agency to reconsider the risk of aerosol transmission.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #hanage-william-p, #marr-linsey, #swaminathan-soumya-1959, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Airborne Coronavirus: What You Should Do Now

How to protect yourself from a virus that may be floating indoors? Better ventilation, for starters. And keep wearing those masks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #coughs, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #epidemics, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #marr-linsey, #masks, #shutdowns-institutional, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Over, W.H.O. Says

The response to second-deadliest outbreak of the virus — the 10th occurrence in the country — was hampered by mistrust and attacks on treatment centers.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #world-health-organization

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Coronavirus Symptoms Full List: What Are They? Is There a Cure?

Here’s what to do if you feel sick and are worried it may be the coronavirus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza, #pneumonia, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization

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America Is Too Broken to Fight the Coronavirus

No other developed country is doing so badly.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #florida, #masks, #new-york-state, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Don’t Leave the W.H.O. Strengthen It.

The organization is still the world’s best hope for fighting pandemics.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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When a Cemetery Wedding Was Used to End the Spanish Flu

Both the dead and the living were on hand for a most unusual exchange of vows at a Jewish burial ground in Queens.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #mount-hebron-cemetery, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #weddings-and-engagements

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In the W.H.O.’s Coronavirus Stumbles, Some Scientists See a Pattern

The agency’s advice sometimes lags behind rapidly evolving research into the coronavirus, experts contend.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemics, #masks, #research, #science-and-technology, #van-kerkhove-maria, #world-health-organization

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The W.H.O. Stumbles, and Some Scientists See a Pattern

The agency’s advice sometimes lags behind rapidly evolving research into the coronavirus, experts contend.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemics, #masks, #research, #science-and-technology, #van-kerkhove-maria, #world-health-organization

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How to Navigate Your Community Reopening? Remember the Four C’s

Close contact, confined spaces, crowds, choices — these are the considerations to ponder now.

#buses, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemics, #funerals-and-memorials, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #respiratory-diseases, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Blaming China for Pandemic, Trump Says U.S. Will Leave the W.H.O.

America’s decades-long relationship with the organization has been instrumental in improving health around the world.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #frieden-thomas-r, #henderson-donald-a, #league-of-nations, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Trump’s Decision to Leave the W.H.O. Will Benefit China

America should be demanding answers, not retreating.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #hubei-province-china, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #world-health-organization

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When Art Is Medicine

In Ojibwe culture, music, dance and medicine are sources of healing.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #epidemics, #great-lakes, #indigenous-people, #minnesota, #music, #north-america, #red-lake-nation, #university-of-minnesota, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

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We Need a Voice for Public Health in the President’s Cabinet

It’s the best way to get the resources and health system we need.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicine-and-health, #national-institutes-of-health

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