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WHO: Vaccine inequity undermining global economic recovery.

23 Jul, 2021 | 10:53h | UTC

News release: Vaccine inequity undermining global economic recovery – World Health Organization

Dashboard: Global Dashboard for Vaccine Equity

Commentaries: Urgent need for COVID-19 vaccine equity – University of Oxford AND COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity Undermines Global Economic Recovery  – Health Policy Watch

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Perspective | SARS-CoV-2 human challenge studies — establishing the model during an evolving pandemic.

23 Jul, 2021 | 10:49h | UTC

SARS-CoV-2 Human Challenge Studies — Establishing the Model during an Evolving Pandemic – New England Journal of Medicine

Related: World’s first coronavirus “Human Challenge” study receives ethics approval in the UK (several texts on the subject) AND Are SARS-CoV-2 Human Challenge Trials Ethical? – “A clinical trial is underway in the UK in which young, healthy participants are exposed deliberately to SARS-CoV-2 to assess the viral inoculum needed to produce an infection and to test vaccine efficacy”.

 


How the Delta variant achieves its ultrafast spread – “Viral load is roughly 1,000 times higher in people infected with the Delta variant than those infected with the original coronavirus strain, according to a study in China”.

23 Jul, 2021 | 10:46h | UTC

How the Delta variant achieves its ultrafast spread – Nature

Original study: Study shows the viral loads in the Delta infections are ~1000 times higher than those in the earlier strain infections on the day when viruses are firstly detected.

 


What are the Delta, Gamma, Beta and Alpha Covid variants?

23 Jul, 2021 | 10:45h | UTC

What are the Delta, Gamma, Beta and Alpha Covid variants? – BBC

Related: Increased transmissibility and global spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern – “Estimated transmissibility increases of alpha 29% (95% CI: 24–33), beta 25% (95% CI: 20–30), gamma 38% (95% CI: 29–48) & delta 97% (95% CI: 76–117)”. AND WHO renames COVID-19 variants with the Greek alphabet (i.e., Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc), making them simple, easy to say and remember. The naming system aims to prevent calling COVID-19 variants by the places where they are detected, which is stigmatizing & discriminatory.

 


The Lambda variant: is it more infectious, and can it escape vaccines? A virologist explains.

23 Jul, 2021 | 10:43h | UTC

The Lambda variant: is it more infectious, and can it escape vaccines? A virologist explains – The Conversation

Related: Lambda, the Newest WHO Variant of Interest, is Now in 29 Countries – Health Policy Watch

 


New series from The Lancet: Physical Activity 2021.

23 Jul, 2021 | 10:37h | UTC

Homepage: Physical Activity 2021 – The Lancet (free registration required for all articles)

Summary and commentary: Experts call for immediate action to ensure physical activity is built into everyday lives – News Medical

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Study shows AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are effective against Delta variant, but both doses are needed.

22 Jul, 2021 | 11:16h | UTC

Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant – New England Journal of Medicine

Commentaries: Study Finds Pfizer And AstraZeneca Vaccines Effective Against The Delta Variant — As Long As You Get Both Doses – Forbes AND Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine works very well against the Delta variant — but only after 2 doses – Insider

Related: [Preprint] 2 doses of Covid vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca) highly effective against hospitalization from Delta variant. AND Reduced sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 variant Delta to antibody neutralization. AND Should I get my second AstraZeneca dose? Yes, it almost doubles your protection against Delta.

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


COVID-19 antibodies persist at least nine months after infection – “98.8 percent of people infected in February/March showed detectable levels of antibodies in November”.

22 Jul, 2021 | 11:14h | UTC

News release: COVID-19 antibodies persist at least nine months after infection – Imperial College London

Original study: SARS-CoV-2 antibody dynamics and transmission from community-wide serological testing in the Italian municipality of Vo’ – Nature Communications

 


Should children get COVID vaccines? What the science says.

22 Jul, 2021 | 11:06h | UTC

Should children get COVID vaccines? What the science says – Nature

 


Analysis finds benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh risks of rare cases of myocarditis.

22 Jul, 2021 | 11:05h | UTC

News release: Study finds benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh risks of rare cases of myocarditis – American Heart Association

Original study: Myocarditis with COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines – Circulation

Commentary: Myocarditis and COVID-19 Vaccines: New Review Tackles Knowns, Unknowns – TCTMD

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Opinion | The benefits of a COVID vaccine far outweigh the small risk of treatable heart inflammation.

22 Jul, 2021 | 10:57h | UTC

The benefits of a COVID vaccine far outweigh the small risk of treatable heart inflammation – The Conversation

 


Opinion | Kids aren’t just littler adults – here’s why they need their own clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine.

22 Jul, 2021 | 10:55h | UTC

Kids aren’t just littler adults – here’s why they need their own clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine – The Conversation

 


WHO Guidelines for the management of symptomatic sexually transmitted infections.

22 Jul, 2021 | 10:54h | UTC

Guidelines for the management of symptomatic sexually transmitted infections – World Health Organization

News release: Launch WHO guidelines for the management of symptomatic sexually transmitted infection – World Health Organization

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


More than 1.5 million children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

21 Jul, 2021 | 10:52h | UTC

News release: More than 1.5 million children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic – NIH News Releases

Original study: Global minimum estimates of children affected by COVID-19-associated orphanhood and deaths of caregivers: a modelling study – The Lancet

Invited commentary: Answering the call to support youth orphaned by COVID-19 – The Lancet

Related: Covid-19 Has Created Thousands Of Newly Single Parents And Orphans

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Exploring the gap between excess mortality and COVID-19 deaths in 67 countries.

21 Jul, 2021 | 10:51h | UTC

Exploring the Gap Between Excess Mortality and COVID-19 Deaths in 67 Countries – JAMA Network Open

 


Report: Three new estimates of India’s all-cause excess mortality during the COVID-19 Pandemic – pandemic death toll estimated to be between 3.4 million and 4.9 million excess deaths.

21 Jul, 2021 | 10:49h | UTC

Three New Estimates of India’s All-Cause Excess Mortality during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Center for Global Development

Commentaries: India’s pandemic death toll could be in the millions – Associated Press AND Covid-19: India excess deaths cross four million, says study – BBC AND India’s true pandemic death toll is likely to be well over 3 million, a new study finds. – The New York Times AND India’s excess deaths during Covid ‘could be 10 times official toll’ – The Guardian

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Perspective | Potential COVID-19 endgame scenarios: eradication, elimination, cohabitation, or conflagration?

21 Jul, 2021 | 10:48h | UTC

Potential COVID-19 Endgame Scenarios: Eradication, Elimination, Cohabitation, or Conflagration? – JAMA

 


Is the cure really worse than the disease? The health impacts of lockdowns during COVID-19 – “While there are certainly costs to be expected from intervening against COVID-19—every decision has a cost, after all—the counterfactual of an unmitigated epidemic makes these restrictions far less damaging than some have suggested”.

21 Jul, 2021 | 10:46h | UTC

Is the cure really worse than the disease? The health impacts of lockdowns during COVID-19 – BMJ Global Health

Commentaries: Expert reaction to a narrative review looking at the health impacts of lockdowns – Science Media Centre AND Lockdowns do not harm health more than Covid, say researchers – The Guardian

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


UK National Food Strategy: Tax sugar and salt and prescribe veg, report says.

21 Jul, 2021 | 10:30h | UTC

National Food Strategy: Tax sugar and salt and prescribe veg, report says – BBC

Report: National Food Strategy Independent Review

Related: Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases – World Health Organization (free) AND  The Lancet taskforce on NCDs and economics (free series and commentaries) To improve global health, tax the things that are killing us – Financial Times (free policies, articles and commentaries) AND Reducing cardiovascular disease burden through targeted dietary policies (free study and commentaries) AND Fiscal policies for the prevention of diseases (free study and commentary) AND The potential impact of food taxes and subsidies on cardiovascular disease and diabetes burden and disparities (free)

 


WHO Guidance for clinical case management of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) following vaccination to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:29h | UTC

Guidance for clinical case management of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) following vaccination to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – World Health Organization

Related Guidance: AHA/ASA Guidance: Diagnosis and Management of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia – “No heparin products in any dose should be given.” AND ISTH Interim Guidance for the Diagnosis and Treatment on Vaccine Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia

 


WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19.

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:27h | UTC

WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19 – World Health Organization

See also: COVID-19 pandemic leads to major backsliding on childhood vaccinations, new WHO, UNICEF data shows – World Health Organization

Related: Millions of children worldwide missed routine vaccinations during the pandemic, study suggests.

 


WHO warns that HIV infection increases risk of severe and critical COVID-19.

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:24h | UTC

News release: WHO warns that HIV infection increases risk of severe and critical COVID-19 – World Health Organization

Report: WHO report on clinical features and prognostic factors of COVID-19 in people living with HIV hospitalized with SARS-CoV-2 infection

Related: M-A: Epidemiology and outcomes of COVID-19 in HIV-infected individuals – HIV is a significant risk factor for acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infection and is associated with a higher risk of mortality.

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Editorial: Defining covid-19 elimination.

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:20h | UTC

Defining covid-19 elimination – The BMJ

 


What vaccinated people should know about Covid-19 exposure, tests and more.

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:17h | UTC

What vaccinated people should know about Covid-19 exposure, tests and more – CNN

 


Experts recommend Covid jabs for some under-18s in UK – “advice is that 16 to 18-year-olds can be offered a Pfizer jab if they are in a priority group or live with someone who has a weakened immune system”.

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:15h | UTC

Commentaries: Experts recommend Covid jabs for some under-18s in UK – BBC

See report: JCVI statement on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years: 15 July 2021 – Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

 


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