Monthly Archives: November 2020

Five questions on new data from China-WHO showing 124 confirmed coronavirus patients in December 2019

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA After China initially reported 41, then ~ 46, and then ~ 100 laboratory-confirmed cases in December 2019, a total of 124 confirmed cases in December was reported by China July 31 but for some reason only posted on the WHO website Nov. 5. First posted on the WHO […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

COVID-19: With high tide waves across America, a request to the National Academy of Medicine on masks

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today the Washington Post reported the United States had recorded the highest number of new cases (104,004) in one day, the highest number of hospitalizations in 18 states and 1,114 more deaths. In my opinion, the National Academy of Medicine should convene this month to provide a public […]