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COVID-19: Data on health care worker infections, deaths from 37 countries highlight PPE, training, protocol gaps

Authors call on WHO to track, post nation-by-nation numbers showing impacts on health personnel A paper published today in the International Journal of Infectious diseases provides information for the first time on the toll of COVID-19 on health care workforces across 37 countries. The data, from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle Eastern nations […]

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COVID-19: WHO-China team “Terms of Reference” reveal new data on seafood market

By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA On Nov. 5, the World Health Organization posted on its website an important nine-page document titled: “WHO-Convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV2: Terms of Reference for the China Part.” This document is important for many reasons.  First, it is dated 31 July 2020 (upper left under […]

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Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine efficacy: Six key questions

By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA The Pfizer/BioNTech announcement today on findings from their first interim analysis of its Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine candidate study showing 90% efficacy among 94 cases included the following excerpts, with key data pending: “Submission for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) planned […]

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To End the HIV Epidemic among Latinx populations, look at the big picture and zoom in

By Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Dr. Barbara Taylor In February 2019, the federal government updated national HIV goals to end the epidemic in the U.S. by 2030. Those […]


Cost of pandemic includes setbacks to South Africa tuberculosis testing, diagnoses

In the six weeks before South Africa responded its first diagnoses of COVID-19 with the start of physical distancing measures, more than 47,000 people on average […]

Research & Development

CDC urges physicians, parents to be on lookout for AFM, a polio-like illness seen predominately in children

With 2018 data showing highest incidence acute flaccid myelitis since monitoring began, officials say awareness, recognition of rare life threatening condition will be crucial to early […]


As environmental destruction accelerates the spread of emerging infections, we need to talk

By Karen Carvajal, M.D. Over the course of human history we have come a long way in our fight against the threat of infectious diseases and, […]