Author Archives: Antigone Barton

What We’re Reading: Why it’s time to pick the next PEPFAR leader

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Leader Needed to Fight Another Pandemic: HIV – While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted HIV services worldwide, the office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator has remained vacant since January. This vacancy at the helm of this country’s flagship response to the HIV pandemic “calls into question our commitment to the humanitarian vision and recognition of […]

Bar opening linked to 29 COVID-19 diagnoses among staff and patrons, 17 more across the community affecting school, nursing home

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About a year after community spread of COVID-19 began to be recognized across the United States, and around the time the U.S. death toll from the virus approached a half million people, a bar in Illinois with a capacity for 100 customers celebrated its February opening with an indoor party. Mask-wearing was scarce, as were […]

Why did the WHO-China team call the lab origin hypothesis “extremely unlikely” when their “Terms of References” did not mention it at all?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA Following the May 2020 World Health Assembly resolution 73.1 regarding COVID-19 (item 6 on page 6), the World Health Organization and China agreed in writing in a July 31 July 2020 document titled “WHO-convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 ‘Terms of References for the China Part‘”. […]

Virtual CROI 2021: From COVID-19 testing to death, toll of the inverse care law continues, Swiss study finds

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Fifty years almost to the day after British physician Julian Tudor Hart described “The Inverse Care Law” in a Lancet article, a coronavirus unheard of until little more than a year ago is demonstrating the concept in action, a study in Switzerland presented at CROI today shows. The Inverse Care Law, Dr. Hart wrote then, is in […]

Virtual CROI 2021: Disparate impacts of two pandemics highlight systemic and leadership failures across four decades

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As the AIDS epidemic emerged and spread in 1981, its swift and steep death toll raising urgent needs for answers and action, it was met at first with silence, a speaker at today’s virtual CROI noted. President Reagan did not acknowledge the pandemic or say the word AIDS until 1987, while other officials spoke of […]

Virtual CROI 2021: In opening talk Dr. Fauci looks at the “two-way street” of lessons from HIV and COVID-19

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Transmitted by people without symptoms, hitting populations regarded too widely as “disposable,” its spread facilitated by claims the deadly public health threat is a hoax, and presenting lessons in research that include the critical roles of community engagement and of collaborative endeavors reaching across disciplines and national boundaries, HIV offered valuable lessons to scientists and […]

Lancet series highlights a vicious circle of inequities hobbling efforts to end disease spread

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Steeped in inequities that include formidable barriers to basic health services for multitudes of its most vulnerable, marginalized and neglected people, the country leading global HIV responses, continues to fall far short of attainable goals to control its epidemic at home, a Lancet series of articles by leading HIV researchers released today shows. While the […]

Infectious disease and other medical experts address health workers’ COVID-19 vaccine questions

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Just short of a year since the first COVID-19 outbreak and health worker infections were recognized in a Seattle long-term care facility, an online chat Wednesday addressed questions that have been voiced by medical aides, technicians, nurses and others on the frontlines, about vaccination against the disease. The chat with a panel of infectious diseases […]

What We’re Reading: How inequities driving COVID-19 in Black communities now drive inequities in COVID-19 vaccine access

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Structural racism and inequitable access to health services have driven disparate rates of COVID-19 infections, illnesses and deaths in Black communities. The same forces are hindering vaccine access. We’re reading what has to change. Demographic Characteristics of Persons Vaccinated During the First Month of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program — United States, December 14, 2020–January 14, […]