Pandemic bonds: designed to fail in Ebola

Nature, Published online: 13 August 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02415-9The World Bank’s funding scheme for disease outbreaks drained potential resources from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, says Olga Jonas.
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“Chinese health authorities say an outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness has sickened 305 people and killed five”…  No, this is not an excerpt from a recent news report about the Wuhan virus, but it is actually one from a CNN piece from 2003 when the SARS outbreak was raging. There are many similarities between the current outbreak to the SARS one from its geolocation to its spread to the viruses themselves.  However, much has changed within the 17 year gap between those two pandemics. For one, technology in the healthcare sector has known an exponential boom. New technologies that were nonex...
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(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration is giving the maker of Purell products a stern warning: Stop making unproven claims that over-the-counter hand sanitizers help eliminate Ebola, MRSA or the flu. In a “warning letter” to Purell’s parent, Gojo Industries, the agency called out the company for making numerous marketing claims that potentially position its sanitizing products as a pharmaceutical drug rather than an over-the-counter topical antiseptic. The letter from the agency’s director of compliance cited numerous examples of what the FDA says are unproven claims for Purell products m...
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This reporter was once served slices of sashimi still attached to the carcass of a gasping fish.) Eating wild animals is also considered a luxury because of their rarity and cost, much like game is in the West. Some practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine also believe that eating exotic creatures can cure certain ailments and boost “male potency.” “This is just part of Chinese culture,” says Yanzhong Huang, a public heath expert at the Council for Foreign Relations. “They love to eat anything alive.” Wild animals are, of course, especially problematic because their murky provenienc...
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., January 23, 2020 -- Johnson &Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced a $250 million commitment to frontline health workers through the company's founding of the new Center for Health Worker Innovation. Recognizing the World Health Organization (WHO) Year of the Nurse and Midwife and the critical role health workers play in early detection and response to pandemics like the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Center will support one million nurses, midwives and community health workers by 2030 reaching 100 million patients. The Center responds to the WHO's projected shortage ...
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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of MERS virus particles (yellow) both budding and attached to the surface of infected VERO E6 cells (blue). Credit: NIAIDBy Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) The coronavirus outbreak — which began in Wuhan, China, and causes a pneumonia-like illness — is raging across Asia, infecting close to 300 people and killing four. It was initially known to be transmitted from animals to human, and was just confirmed to be transmitted from human to human. The rapid nature of its origin and speed in transmission reminds us that national security is threatened when ...
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China ’s viral pneumonia outbreak may have jumped species barrier, raising fears of pandemicThe finding that the outbreak of viral pneumonia in China that has struck 59 peoplemay be caused by a coronavirus, the family of viruses behind Sars, which spread to 37 countries in 2003, causing global panic and killing more than 750 people, means that health authorities will be watching closely.China says the illness is not Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome), nor Mers (Middle East respiratory syndrome), both of which are caused by coronaviruses, and so far it appears milder than both. Unlike Sars, it does not appear to...
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Demystifying Medicine Lecture Series Ebola, swine flu, drug-resistant tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, and just about anything carried by mosquitoes … These are but a few of the infectious diseases that keep Drs. Fauci and Glass awake at night. Oh, and ticks, too. Threats are everywhere. Every day, it seems, brings outbreaks and the potential for a pandemic. And yet, remarkably, scientists and healthcare providers on the frontlines manage to keep billions of people relatively safe. This Demystifying Medicine lecture by two of the biggest names in global health will provide a broad perspective on the myriad infectio...
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Demystifying Medicine Lecture Series Ebola, swine flu, drug-resistant tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, and just about anything carried by mosquitoes … These are but a few of the infectious diseases that keep Drs. Fauci and Glass awake at night. Oh, and ticks, too. Threats are everywhere. Every day, it seems, brings outbreaks and the potential for a pandemic. And yet, remarkably, scientists and healthcare providers on the frontlines manage to keep billions of people relatively safe. This Demystifying Medicine lecture by two of the biggest names in global health will provide a broad perspective on the myriad infectio...
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Publication date: Available online 30 December 2019Source: Biosensors and BioelectronicsAuthor(s): Sibel Ciftci, Rocío Cánovas, Felix Neumann, Thomas Paulraj, Mats Nilsson, Gaston A. Crespo, Narayanan MadaboosiAbstractHerein, an isothermal padlock probe-based assay for the simple and portable detection of pathogens coupled with a glucose oxidase (GOx)-based electrochemical readout is reported. Infectious diseases remain a constant threat on a global scale, as in recurring pandemics. Rapid and portable diagnostics hold the promise to tackle the spreading of diseases and decentralising healthcare to point-of-ca...
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Hadjichristodoulou A scoping search and a systematic literature review were conducted to give an insight on entry and exit screening referring to travelers at points of entry, by analyzing published evidence on practices, guidelines, and experiences in the past 15 years worldwide. Grey literature, PubMed. and Scopus were searched using specific terms. Most of the available data identified through the systematic literature review concerned entry screening measures at airports. Little evidence is available about entry and exit screening measure implementation and effectiveness at ports and ground crossings. Exit screen...
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