Melinda Gates Lays Out Her Biggest Concern For the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic
From 2018-2019, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave more money to the World Health Organization than any entity except the U.S. government. With President Donald Trump cutting ties to the international health agency in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gates Foundation’s work has come into sharper relief than ever. Co-chair Bill Gates announced at the Global Vaccine Summit on June 4 that it will give $1.6 billion over five years to the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), to help ensure that people around the world have access to vaccines, regardless of income. The Gates Foundation in 1999 pledged $750 million to help establish GAVI, and the organization has since vaccinated more than 760 million children in underserved areas. Ahead of the June 4 pledge event, TIME spoke with Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates about equitable solutions to COVID-19, the need for optimism in times of anxiety and what will happen to the WHO. TIME: The scale of anti-racism protests we’re seeing right now is incredible. How does this moment relate to your work in health equity? Gates: What happened to George Floyd was brutal and horrible and should never happen to anyone, anywhere. This is a moment of reckoning in the United States. We all need to really pause during this time and learn as best we can from it. Even before we saw this senseless death, COVID had already started to show us gaps and structural problems in our country. We are seeing black men die at a disproportiona...
The story of structural racism and brutality toward black and brown people is well known to the communities who endure it. While the suffocating stream of violence affecting these communities has been historically entrenched, this reality has too often been unseen or ignored by others. But as reports spread of George Floyd ’s death in police custody in late May, the United States appeared to reach a tipping point. In this latest instance of a notorious pattern, a video showed Mr Floyd in handcuffs and subdued by 3 officers, with his neck lethally pinned beneath a fourth officer’s knee.
CONCLUSIONS: Sabbath observant Jews reported statistically significant less adverse reactions while abstaining from EMDs on the Sabbath compared to on a weekday. PMID: 32954702 [PubMed - in process]
Authors: Riskin A, Itzchaki O, Bader D, Iofe A, Toropine A, Riskin-Mashiah S Abstract BACKGROUND: The incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is increasing in parallel to the worldwide obesity and type 2 diabetes pandemic. Both GDM and pre-gestational diabetes mellitus (PGDM) are associated with short- and long-term consequences in the offspring. There are few recent studies addressing outcomes of newborns born to women diagnosed with GDM and PGDM in Israel. OBJECTIVES: To assess perinatal complications in offspring of women with GDM and PGDM. METHODS: The authors conducted a single-center retrospe...
CONCLUSIONS: The medical facility experienced a major decline in all aspects of the routine obstetrics activities during the time of the pandemic. The higher rate of operative vaginal deliveries among nulliparous may be associated with the pandemic effect on the rate of high-risk patients. PMID: 32954690 [PubMed - in process]
Authors: Werthmann PG, Riley D, Kienle GS Abstract Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new, rapidly spreading pandemic that can lead to a life-threatening disease. Accurate and transparent COVID-19 case reports provide systematic clinical observations supporting researchers designing clinical trials and clinicians delivering health care. The checklist described here is designed to systematically and accurately capture data from case reports and case series for documentation on COVID-19. It is aligned with the CARE guidelines, available from the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research...
Conclusions: Direct exposure to armadillos does not appear to be required for transmission of HD making a soil-mediated mechanism of indirect exposure plausible.
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The new guidelines underscore the fact that a vaccine is highly unlikely before the election.
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