WHO: Infusion of Aid Could End Pandemic’s Emergency Phase. February 2022
Feb 9, 2022
Workers unload COVID-19 vaccines at an airport in
Bujumbura, Burundi, Oct. 14, 2021.
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WHO: Infusion of
Aid Could End Pandemic’s Emergency Phase
Wealthy countries have the power to end the emergency phase of the
pandemic—but they must do more to bridge vast global disparities,
WHO leaders urged yesterday, according to Al
‘fair share’: Only 5% of funding has been raised
for the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) initiative, WHO’s campaign
to bring more tests and vaccines to low-resource countries, reports
The agency still needs $23 billion, and has calculated “fair share”
asks to wealthy countries.
gap: 10% of people in low-income countries have had
1 vaccine dose, compared to 68% in richer countries. The inequity
costs lives, economies, and “risks the emergence of new, more
dangerous variants,” WHO
case counts are falling, the WHO also reported
yesterday–-down 17% last week; global deaths are down 7%, the AP
And yet: Omicron
has driven the number of US daily deaths past pre-vaccine levels
last spring, The
Washington Post reports, mainly claiming those over 75,
the unvaccinated, and the medically vulnerable.
eclipse: WHO also forecasts the Omicron subvariant
will likely become more common than the current dominant strain, CNBC
& Johnson shut down production of its COVID-19
vaccine last year, according to the New York Times; the company
says it is still on track to fulfill its contracts with African
Union nations reliant on the single-dose vaccine. CBS
delay mammograms after COVID-19 vaccination, says a
new study that found lymphadenopathy—swollen lymph nodes that are a
side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines—are common, but malignant
lymph nodes were found in just 9 of 1,217 patients. Radiology
to their uninfected peers, pregnant people with
COVID-19 are ~40% more likely to die or become seriously ill from
conditions such as high blood pressure-related pregnancy disorders
and postpartum hemorrhage, according to a study
of 41,104 women across 17 US hospitals. CIDRAP
minority of American doctors are driving a surge in
prescriptions for ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment; a patient
video sheds light on how they profit from the demand for the
unproven treatment. NPR
Can you get long COVID after an infection with omicron? – AP
"The next culture war": Vaccines for young kids – Axios
The Violence Epidemic: Firearm Injuries Increased 51% During the
COVID-19 Pandemic – HCPLive
How sneezing hamsters sparked a COVID outbreak in Hong Kong – Nature
Effectiveness of E-cigarettes as a Quitting Tool
Despite e-cigarettes’ rising popularity, the number of people
actually using them to quit smoking has declined—and those who did
adopt them as a quitting tool found them less effective than other
aids like gum, patches or lozenges, according to the new PATH
The study—drawing on 2017-2019 US data and including 1,323 recent
former smokers and 3,578 previous-year smokers with recent quit
attempts—provides more real-world evidence casting doubt on the
effectiveness of vaping as a quitting tool, despite randomized
clinical trials showing them to be helpful.
common: Nearly 60% of smokers-turned-e-cigarette
users returned to smoking within 2 years.
needed: The usage of high nicotine e-cigarettes for
cessation ticked up in 2019—which bears further study in the next
PATH survey, researchers said.
Because the study is self-reported, exposure
variables were not controlled.
synthetic nicotine products, which use flavored cartridges popular
to teens, are becoming more popular, Politico
Smoke and mirrors: What you need to know about the hazy world of
the proposed vaping tax – Bhekisisa
The EU Push for a
Pandemic Treaty with Teeth
The European Union wants a legally binding treaty to guard against
new pandemics—potentially banning wildlife markets and setting
incentives like access to medicines and vaccines for countries to
report new viruses or variants.
But the US, Brazil, and some other countries have balked, favoring
a non-binding agreement. International negotiators from Japan, the
Netherlands, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Thailand—representing
the world’s major regions—are convening today to draft the
Organizers hope for a preliminary agreement by August; any
resulting treaty would not be expected to be signed until 2024.
In parallel talks, the US has expressed support for firmer rules to
boost transparency and speed WHO access to outbreak sites.
costs and benefits of primary prevention of zoonotic pandemics –
RACISM AND PUBLIC HEALTH
In Life and in
Death, a Health Equity Powerhouse
Shalon Irving had great health insurance, adoring friends and
family—and a dazzling public health career tackling health
Yet in 2017, 21 days after giving birth, she died from sudden
cardiac arrest, after pleading with her medical team for help.
Despite all her advantages, “She was still a Black woman”
vulnerable to the covert bias of providers, write her family,
friends, and colleagues in a new essay.
Maternal mortality rates for Black mothers are more than double
those of white women.
Shalon’s story is one reason such alarming statistics are becoming
more widely known. Those she left behind have picked up the baton,
using her story to galvanize new research resources and national
policies aimed at reducing maternal disparities—and all-important
media coverage of the issue.
Mortality and Morbidity Crisis: A Priority for Black America
Marking Black History Month, USAID’s Harry T. Moore Blacks in
Government Chapter and the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity
will host a discussion on the critical health emergency affecting
Representative Lauren Underwood, Black
Maternal Health Caucus founder and co-chair
Wanda Irving, board chair of Dr. Shalon’s
Maternal Action Project
Ebony Marcelle, director of Midwifery at
Community of Hope Family Health and Birth Center; doula and
owner of DC Metro Maternity
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is
Thanks to a typo in our summary Monday of an Atlantic
article about Denmark's COVID response, we
under-reported Denmark’s booster rate by quite a lot: Danes are 61%
boosted, not 6%.
It should have read:
With 81% of adults vaccinated with 2
vaccine doses, and 61% boosted, Denmark has avoided high
levels of hospitalizations, severe illness, and death seen in
countries with higher populations of unvaccinated people—like
Frederik Seelig of the Global Vector Hub at LSHTM and others for
pointing this out!
accused of ‘serious’ human rights abuses in Tigray in landmark case
Appeals court upholds Biden changes to family planning program – The
Association of Preterm Singleton Birth With Fertility Treatment in
the US – JAMA
The white nationalist threat to antiracist medicine in Boston – The
A Latina scientist co-created a new Covid vaccine. She's nominated
for the Nobel Peace Prize. – NBC