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September 23, 2020

Hoyer: House Should Vote On COVID Aid — With Or Without A Bipartisan Deal-The Hill

The second-ranking House Democrat is amplifying calls for the lower chamber to vote on a multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill in the coming days — even absent a deal with the White House. The Hill, … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

F.D.A. To Release Stricter Guidelines For Emergency Vaccine Authorization-The New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration plans to soon issue stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of any new coronavirus vaccine, adding a new layer of caution to the vetting process even as President Trump continues to contradict his own scientific experts and promise that a vaccine will be available as early as next month. The New York Times, … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

CDC Chief Expects Most Americans To Be Vaccinated For COVID-19 By July: Hearing-Reuters

A top U.S. health official told a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday that he expects the vaccination process for COVID-19 to take many months, but that most Americans could be vaccinated by July of 2021 at the latest. Reuters, … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Lab Shows How Colleges Can Reopen Safely-Scientific American

In a vast, unintentional public health experiment, millions of U.S. college students have descended on campuses to begin their fall semester with an unwelcome new arrival: the novel coronavirus. In order to safely reopen, institutions of higher learning need the capacity to conduct a massive amount of coronavirus tests and get results back quickly. The Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University offers a program that can help meet this need. More than … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

New Dashboard Tracks Coronavirus Cases In Schools Across 47 States-NPR

A new national effort asks K-12 schools to voluntarily — and anonymously — report their confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases, along with the safety strategies they're using. The COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, which NPR is reporting on exclusively, was created with the help of several national education organizations. Right now it shows an average of 230 cases per 100,000 students, and 490 per 100,000 staff members, in the first two weeks of September. NPR, … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Airlines Call For COVID-19 Tests Before All International Flights-Reuters

Global airlines called on Tuesday for airport COVID-19 tests for all departing international passengers to replace the quarantines they blame for exacerbating the travel slump. Rapid and affordable antigen tests that can be administered by non-medical staff are expected to become available in "coming weeks" and should be rolled out under globally agreed standards. Reuters, … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

As Rich Nations Struggle, Africa’s Virus Response Is Praised-The Associated Press

At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it "The Hopeless Continent." Then he quoted Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah: "It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity." The coronavirus pandemic has fractured global relationships. But as director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nkengasong has helped to steer Africa's … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Trump: U.N. ‘Must Hold China Accountable’ For Pandemic-Politico

President Donald Trump on Tuesday admonished China over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, demanding that the intergovernmental organization hold Beijing's ruling Communist government "accountable for their actions." Politico, … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

WHO Unveils Global Plan To Fairly Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, But Challenges Await-Science Magazine

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that countries representing close to two-thirds of the world's population have joined its plan to buy and fairly distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the globe. It also unveiled the mechanism through which it plans to allocate the vaccine as it becomes available, aiming "to end the acute phase of the pandemic by the end of 2021." Science Magazine, … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

CDC Publishes — Then Withdraws — Guidance On Aerosol Spread Of Coronavirus-NPR

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted guidance Friday evening saying that aerosol transmission might be one of the "most common" ways the coronavirus is spreading - and then took the guidance down on Monday. The now-deleted updates were notable because so far the CDC has stopped short of saying that the virus is airborne. NPR, … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

U.S. CDC Says Coronavirus Could Spread Through Air-Reuters

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that COVID-19 could spread through airborne particles that can remain suspended in the air and travel beyond six feet. The agency previously said the virus mainly spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets when a sick person coughs, sneezes or talks. Reuters, … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

WHO Sets Rules For Testing African Herbal Remedies-BBC News

The World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed rules for the testing of African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19. Sound science would be the sole basis for safe and effective traditional therapies to be adopted, it said. Any traditional remedies that are judged effective could be fast-tracked for large-scale manufacturing. BBC News, … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

UK Science Advisers Warn Of Darker COVID-19 Days Ahead-The Associated Press

Britain's top medical advisers on Monday painted a grim picture of exponential growth in illness and death if nothing is done to control the second wave of coronavirus infections, laying the groundwork for the government to announce new restrictions later this week. The Associated Press, … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Testing Czar Says Cases Are Down, Even As U.S. Nears 200,000 Covid-19 Deaths-Politico

Even as the U.S. nears 200,00 Covid-19 deaths, HHS testing czar Brett Giroir said Sunday morning that progress was being made on many fronts. "From the peaks in early July and late July, the number of cases are down by 41 percent," the Health and Human Services official told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The number of people in an ICU are down 62 percent. The number of deaths are down almost 30 percent. But we have to stay strong and do the things that could decrease the spread." Politico, … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

How Bad Has The Pandemic Been For Childhood Vaccinations?-NPR

Every year Stephen Lim and his colleagues at the University of Washington compile and analyze health data from every country on the planet to come up with a sort of global report card. Year after year one of the biggest success stories has been the vaccination of children. Then the pandemic hit - grounding planes that transport vaccines, sidelining health workers who administer them, prompting parents to stop taking their children for checkups out of fear they'd get infected with coronavirus … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Israel Returns To Virus Lockdown As Cases Mount-The Associated Press

Israel went back into a full lockdown on Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting. The Associated Press, … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Russia Approves First COVID-19 Prescription Drug For Sale In Pharmacies-Reuters

Russia has approved R-Pharm's Coronavir treatment for outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19 infections and the antiviral drug could be rolled out to pharmacies in the country as soon as next week, the company said on Friday. Reuters, … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Shortage Of Health Care Workers Plagues India’s Fight Against COVID-19-Devex

Radha Kumari is a nurse in India's eastern state of Bihar. Two months ago, along with 400 of her colleagues from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the state capital of Patna, she went on a strike demanding a salary hike and facilities that match permanent employees' perks - which have become a necessity during the pandemic, she said. Speaking to Devex using a pseudonym, as she feared retribution from her employers, Kumari said that contractual workers like her have long been … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Child Positive For Coronavirus Was Sent To School Anyway. Others Quarantining Now-NPR

Nearly 30 Massachusetts high school students have been told to quarantine after parents sent their child to school despite knowing that the teen was positive for the coronavirus. NPR, … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

An Expert’s Take On What The U.S., U.K Did Wrong In Covid-19 Communications — And What Others Did Right-STAT

Some governments have been praised for being forthright about being science-driven in the way they've communicated about the Covid-19 pandemic. Other countries, most notably the U.S. and the U.K., have been hit with criticism for public health messages that are confusing or not based in science. STAT, … Continue Reading

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