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WHO posts global maps of three SARS-CoV-2 variants in 88, 37, and 17 nations: Juxtaposition with a vaccine in South Africa?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA Today the World Health Organization posted its weekly epidemiological update, with a special focus on SARS-CoV-2 variants, that contains a world map (below) showing the 37 nations verified to have the 501Y.V2 variant already dominant in South Africa and some neighboring nations. “Local transmission has been reported in […]

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, […]

First long-acting injectable treatment for HIV represents an exciting step forward, should be optimized with equity, investment

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First long-acting injectable treatment for HIV represents an exciting step forward, should be optimized with equity, investment Dr. Rajesh Gandhi is the Co-Director of the Harvard Center for AIDS Research and the site leader of the MGH Clinical Research Site in the Harvard/Miriam AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and a scientific member of the Department of […]

COVID-19: The vaccine is here! Now we need to get it out, and into arms

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In a county where as much as 7% of the population work in health settings, how does the vaccine reach everyone who needs it first? Julie Vaishampayan, MD, MPH, FIDSA is the public health officer for Stanislaus County, California. Here she talks to Science Speaks about challenges in the vaccine rollout’s first phase. THE EMERGENCY […]

It’s a puzzle, it’s an algorithm, it’s deduplication

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The following is a guest post by Richard Ngethe, MBA,  and Jonathan Friedman, MS According to a study by UNAIDS of Brazil, of an estimated 140 million records in the national user database—including all health records—only 100 million unique patients were represented. The number of patients, therefore, was overstated by 40%.[1] This is the kind […]

Representing a quarter of Denver’s population, Latinx residents bear the brunt of COVID-19 with more than half of all sicknesses, deaths

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From March 6, when the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in Denver, Colorado was confirmed, to October 6, more than 10,000 adults living outside of detention, long-term care, or shelter settings were diagnosed with the disease. More than a thousand were hospitalized, and 165 people died as a result of the disease. Of all of the […]

A plan maintains continuity of HIV care in a Nigerian state during COVID-19 lockdown

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The following is a guest post by Tyra Fom of Data.FI The COVID-19 pandemic poses a double threat for people living with HIV, who must find ways during lockdown to access their antiretroviral therapy from overwhelmed health facilities. In addition, people who have the virus but are not yet diagnosed face challenges getting tested and […]

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 […]

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

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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 goals appeared to be coming into reach because of significant overall progress in the fight against HIV, with deaths attributed to HIV across the U.S. decreasing by approximately 4% […]