Tag Archives: China

COVID-19: COVID: 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 […]

COVID-19: The world faces a common enemy

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The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, MD, FACP, FIDSA, MBA On February 28  I wrote a post on this blog about national preparedness plans and I drew an analogy between SARS-CoV-2 and a beast on the loose. The watchful eyes of the World Health Organization and all segments of our society […]

COVID-19: A pandemic spells out needs for infectious diseases, global health security investments and leadership

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi It is 10 pm Eastern Standard Time, and an exhausted 79-year old man, who has managed to keep the façade of a 50-year-old man, with a sterling infectious disease career is on CNN fielding questions from a world thirsty for knowledge. The public and […]

Africa and COVID-19: Facts, figures, and myths

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi China has been courting African nations for years. Chinese investment and infrastructure include the $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as a glistening medical school nestled in greenery of the Volta Region of Ghana. With the volume of Chinese […]

COVID-19: As spread outside China rises, CDC warns community transmission in U.S. is likely

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Message marks significant escalation in tone, as WHO China mission team leader describes scope, impacts of country’s response, calls for global “shift in mindsets” Federal officials expect to see community spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the United States, and are preparing for the potential need to launch measures that could include […]

Mass TB screening with point-of-care test is cost-effective, Brazil prison study shows

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Suppose you have a large group of people, confined together, considered likely to pose a threat to people outside their walls, but without the ready means to determine if they pose a threat to each other? If the space wasn’t built to contain the spread of an airborne infectious diseases, a public health disaster could […]

China study supports use of repurposed drug, shorter regimen for MDR TB treatment

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Patients treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis with an experimental regimen containing a repurposed drug for a year had similar rates of successful outcomes as patients treated with the standard available regimen over the course of 18 months, a study across multiple health facilities in China has found. The only significant difference between the outcomes of the […]

Petition asks BRICS to triple TB R&D funding

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Global tuberculosis treatment advocates and activists are asking leaders of the five countries that are home to almost half of all tuberculosis illnesses and deaths to triple their funding for research and development of new medicines and technologies to prevent, diagnose, and treat the leading infectious disease killer worldwide, on a petition that will be […]

China study indicates bias against men who have sex with men spurs migration, potential spread of HIV, stalls services, responses

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Study highlights role of dating website in filling gaps The quest is for anonymity, but the result is closer to invisibililty. While the numbers of men who have sex with men remain a guess in China, a country that only in the last 20 years decriminalized same-sex intimacy, and only in the last decade and […]

How does PEPFAR do it? 2013 AID Transparency Index says it’s hard to tell

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It is the biggest global health initiative in the world, and arguably the most successful. That’s all the more reason that it’s too bad that how the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief accomplishes the successes it has achieved — in HIV infections prevented, lives saved and restored to health, and even how greater efficiencies […]