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Science, not politics, must lead to COVID vaccine approvals

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Political pressure to speed the introduction of COVID vaccines threatens scientifically proven systems to protect public safety and research integrity The following is a guest post from Uché Blackstock, MD, Founder & CEO, Advancing Health Equity, and Mitchell Warren, Executive Director, AVAC COVID-19 has devastated communities and health systems around the world – but it […]

Dr. Fauci Speaks: Takeaways from a discussion on COVID-19

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National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci talked with Dr. Carlos del Rio for an Infectious Diseases Society of America podcast, released today, on challenges of, and answers to, the COVID-19 pandemic. The two physician scientists, both IDSA members, discussed the outlook for a safe and effective vaccine, testing strategies needed, […]

As we face a new pandemic, the Ryan White Program has shown us the path ahead

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Thirty years ago this week Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, named for the young man who stood up to stigma and discrimination before losing his life to the virus in 1990. The legislation, launching a program that addresses obstacles to consistent and effective HIV care confronting communities hardest hit by […]

Three decades after passage of the Ryan White Care Act, an HIV physician looks at gains and the challenges ahead

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Thirty years ago today Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, named for the young man who stood up to stigma and discrimination against people with HIV before losing his life to the virus in 1990. The legislation, launching a program addressing obstacles to consistent and effective HIV care confronting communities hardest […]

Racism, not race, is a risk factor for infectious diseases

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By Ayesha Khan, Ph.D. As the COVID-19 pandemic circles the world, every country that confronts it has unique challenges when it comes to their pandemic responses. The United States has some of the greatest structural challenges, and they run deep. America is combatting a pandemic — COVID-19 — in the context of a more than […]

COVID-19: Mask policy appears to have controlled spread of virus at Missouri salon

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With two stylists confirmed to have the virus, 139 customers as well as colleagues were tracked. None showed signs of infection. Adhering to local ordinance on masks can make a difference, CDC says . . . By the time a hair stylist in Springfield, Missouri received her test results showing she had COVID-19, she had […]

COVID-19: Eight questions for the WHO team going to China next week to investigate pandemic origins

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today the South China Morning Post reported that on Monday the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Gehbreysus stated “We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started . . .We will be sending a team next week to […]

As the year to start ending HIV as an epidemic began, a pandemic changed everything

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A physician in one of America’s “hot spots” looks at challenges and opportunities The following is a guest post by Diana Finkel, D.O.  Dr. Finkel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She has been a community medical provider […]

COVID 19: Over five days, gatherings at one church led to at least 61 infections, four deaths

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Over five days in the beginning of March, a series of events brought at least 94 people to an Arkansas church. On the sixth day, with the pastor, his wife and some of the congregants showing symptoms of COVID-19, the church closed. In the time in between, at least 35 people were exposed to and […]

COVID-19 Chameleon: Has Kawasaki syndrome been linked to a viral illness all this while?

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On Saturday, the World Health Organization released a scientific brief on the multisystem inflammatory syndrome seen in  children and adolescents with COVID-19. Today in Science Speaks two guest posts respond to findings around the syndrome. The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, MBA During a World Health Organization briefing, […]