Category Archives: Covid-19/2019-nCoV

As Variant B.1.427/B.1.429 spreads in California, Nevada and Arizona, HHS stops direct ordering of the monoclonal Bamlanivimab

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month has provided helpful updates on its website focusing on SARS-CoV-2 variants and their prevalence state-by-state. This information helps clinicians understand where variants are as well as make decisions on use of monoclonal antibodies that have U.S. Food […]

“The mutating H5N8 strain of avian flu has a high risk of human-to-human transmission” Russian authorities warn March 12.   

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Feb. 20, 2021 Russia reported the first-ever human infections with H5N8 avian influenza involving seven poultry farm workers in the southern region of Astrakhan Oblast.  They were infected after a Dec. 3-11, 2020 outbreak of H5N8 on a poultry farm. Although Russia reported a government lab was […]

Will the next “WHO-convened Global Study of the origins of SARS-CoV-2” be in SE Asia, Europe, or the Americas?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA By July 31, 2020 the World Health Organization and China had agreed in writing to a highly-consequential document with long-term implications titled “WHO-convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2: Terms of References for the China Part”. This title, as well as multiple statements in the text such […]

First multivalent vaccine with a variant (B.1.351) begins: Will it protect against other E484K variants?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On March 10 Moderna announced that it had begun vaccinating volunteers in a study of 60 persons previously “vaccinated with mRNA-1273 to receive a single booster dose of either: 20 µg of a variant-specific booster candidate, mRNA-1273.351, based on the B.1.351 variant first identified in the Republic of South Africa (N=20) […]

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 […]

Brazil’s Minister of Health works to purchase more COVID Vaccine doses

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Thursday (March 4) a release on the PAHO COIVD-19 website stated: “The Brazil Ministry of Health announced the purchase of new COVID-19 vaccines; 138 million doses are expected to be incorporated in the National Immunization Program starting May 2021.” The day before (on March 3) the Brazil Ministry of Health […]

Ghana kicks off Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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by Bertha Serwa Ayi, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, MBA With eyes tightly shut in anticipation of his injection, Dr. Frederick Kwarteng, Head of Department of the Orthopedics, Accident and Emergency at the Korlebu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana became one of the first medical doctors in Africa to receive the first dose of COVISHIELD. Ghana became […]