'Why wait for it?' How to predict a pandemic
Strides are being made towards an open access atlas that could predict where dangerous animal-borne viruses will next appearHow do you predict where a deadly tropical disease such as Ebola, possibly the most virulent in the world, will appear next? Since it first emerged in a small town on the edge of a Congolese forest, it has broken out in seven other African countries, often thousands of miles apart.Sometimes it has spilled out of remote rainforest and then disappeared for years. Other times it has turned up in cities, baffling world bodies and governments that can only try to respond as fast as possible. But actually, ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: John Vidal Tags: Infectious diseases Ebola Zika virus Coronavirus outbreak Microbiology Medical research Science World news Animals Farming Environment Climate change Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: WHO Warns Against Potential Ebola Spread in DR Congo and Beyond
[UN News] Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO warns against potential Ebola spread in DR Congo and beyond
Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Great Vaccine Race: Inside the Unprecedented Scramble to Immunize the World Against COVID-19
The cleverest of enemies thrive on surprise attacks. Viruses—and coronaviruses in particular—know this well. Remaining hidden in animal hosts for decades, they mutate steadily, sometimes serendipitously morphing into more effective and efficient infectious agents. When a strain with just the right combination of genetic codes that spell trouble for people makes the leap from animal to human, the ambush begins. Such was the case with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19, and the attack was mostly silent and insidious at first. Many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 remained oblivious as they served as the v...
Source: TIME: Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news

Biopharma Leaders Unite To Stand With Science
NEW YORK, September 8, 2020 — The CEOs of AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/NYSE: AZN), BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX), GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY), today announced a historic pledge, outlining a united commitment to uphold the integrity of the scientific process as they work towards potential global regulatory filings and approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines. All nine CEOs signed the following pledge: We, the un...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 8, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

COVID-19: Lessons from the Losses
Clementine, a community health volunteer, meets with a mother and child. Credit: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, KenyaBy Dr Patrick AmothNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 2020 (IPS) If countries considered Universal Health Coverage (UHC) a central policy in their health systems, the COVID-19 has surely demonstrated the need for its urgent and widespread roll out. The pandemic has upended world systems in a manner that no scientists or sophisticated global intelligence could have foreseen. Having been tapped to join the World Health Organization’s Executive Board to represent Africa midst this global crisis, I am persuaded...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dr Patrick Amoth Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Distribution range of Ebola virus carriers in Africa may be larger than previously assumed
(Goethe University Frankfurt) Zaire ebolavirus is among the deadliest of all known Ebola viruses for humans and is most likely transmitted by various species of bats. Models recently developed by scientists of the Senckenberg Nature Research Society and the Goethe University in Frankfurt show where these species may thrive in Africa. The results of the study, published in the journal " Scientific Reports " , suggest a wider range of distribution for the bat and fruit bat species than previously assumed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 7, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Three months after the declaration of the eleventh Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the number of confirmed cases continues to increase, and the geographic spread of the outbreak continues to expand. As of 1 September 2020, 110 cases (104 confirmed and six probable) including 47 deaths (case fatality ratio 43%) have been reported from 36 health areas in 11 health zones. In the past 21 days (12 August – 1 September 2020), 24 confirmed cases have been reported in 15 health areas across eight health zones. To date, three healthcare workers have been affected, mak...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Navigating Safely Through The Pandemic
By Stephen LeahySep 2 2020 (IPS-Partners) Having reported on SARS, Ebola, Bird Flu (H5N1) outbreaks, as well as writing about efforts to combat HIV, I was horrified by what was going on in Wuhan, China last Jan mainly because of how fast this new SARS-CoV-2 virus spread. By early Feb it seemed likely there’d be a global pandemic and by the end of Feb I started to freak out as the pandemic took hold. I’ve never been to Wuhan or China nor seen anyone who had; and I hadn’t travelled any where recently. It was nearly impossible for me to have encountered the virus but that didn’t keep me from getting si...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stephen Leahy Tags: Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year
A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. and Thomas Kaplan Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Disease Rates Epidemics Presidential Election of 2020 Livestock Diseases Avian Influenza Ebola Virus Centers for Disease Control and Prevention EcoHealth Alliance Epidemic I Source Type: news

Rampant destruction of forests ‘will unleash more pandemics’
Researchers to tell UN that loss of biodiversity enables rapid spread of new diseases from animals to humansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists are to warn world leaders that increasing numbers of deadly new pandemics will afflict the planet if levels of deforestation and biodiversity loss continue at their current catastrophic rates.A UN summit on biodiversity, scheduled to be held in New York next month, will be told by conservationists and biologists there is now clear evidence of a strong link between environmental destruction and the increased emergence of deadly new diseases s...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Environment Coronavirus outbreak Epidemics Biodiversity Conservation Wildlife Farming Deforestation Trees and forests Ebola Farm animals Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Uganda: How Previous Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks Helped Uganda Respond to Covid-19 Outbreak
[WHO] For many public health workers in Uganda, responding to disease outbreaks of epidemic potential in not new. This is because the country has been in preparedness and response modes for quite some time and its disease outbreak system has regularly been tested over the years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

MHC class II transactivator CIITA induces cell resistance to Ebola Virus and SARS-like coronaviruses
(Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason) Discoveries from the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) have identified a new cellular protection pathway that targets a common vulnerability in several different pandemic viruses, and collaborators at Case Western Reserve University, Boston University School of Medicine and MRIGlobal have shown that this pathway can protect cells from infection by Ebola virus and coronaviruses, like SARS-CoV-2. Published today in Science, these new findings provide a better understanding of cellular mechanisms involved in viral resistance that can inform future treatments an...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Discovered: Cellular pathway involved in resistance to Ebola virus and SARS-like coronaviruses
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Researchers working in human cells have identified a new pathway that targets a common vulnerability in several different pandemic viruses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: How App Originally Made to Fight Ebola Helps in Covid-19 Pandemic
[Africa Renewal] Earlier version of locally developed app was used to help tackle the 2014 Ebola outbreak (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Chinese Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Science - August 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Chinese Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

How Convalescent Plasma Could Help Fight COVID-19
The last time most of us gave any thought to antibodies was probably in high school biology, but we’re getting a crash refresher course thanks to COVID-19. They are, after all, the key to our best defenses against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that’s caused the global pandemic. People who have been infected likely rely on antibodies to recover, and antibodies are what vaccines are designed to produce. Or at least that’s what infectious-disease and public-health experts assume for now. Because SARS-CoV-2 is such a new virus, even the world’s best authorities aren’t yet sure what it will take to build p...
Source: TIME: Health - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Ebola Is Erupting In The Western Forests Of The Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Deep in the heart of the western forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a new outbreak of Ebola is building steam. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John Drake, Contributor Tags: Science /science Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: More Ebola Cases Reported
[Nation] Kinshasa -- The technical secretariat for the fight against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed two new positive cases in Lotumbe, Equateur province. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Brazzaville: Ebola Outbreak in Western Democratic Republic of the Congo Reaches 100 Cases
[WHO] Brazzaville -- The number of cases in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached 100, a near two-fold increase in a little over five weeks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Outbreak in Western Democratic Republic of the Congo Reaches 100 Cases
[WHO] Brazzaville -- The number of cases in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached 100, a near two-fold increase in a little over five weeks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

More Countries Now Using mHero to Boost COVID-19 Response
August 20, 2020More countries are using mHero to tackle theirCOVID-19 epidemics, including to monitor the health of their frontline health workers, speed up communications between ministries and the front lines, and boost surveillance and response for COVID-19 and other disease threats.During any disease outbreak, real-time communication between national health authorities and frontline health workers is critical to protecting health workers and saving lives. IntraHealth International’smHero application—a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that connects ministries of health and health workers&mdas...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Digital Health Technology Mobile Technology Health Workers Source Type: news

Nigeria: Six Years After, Govt Yet to Honour Medic Who Saved Country From Ebola
[Premium Times] Just as it is currently struggling to curb the spread of COVID-19, Nigeria, at about this period in 2014, was battling a different outbreak - Ebola, a highly deadly disease, with a fatality rate of roughly 50 per cent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Studies in humanized mice and convalescent humans yield a SARS-CoV-2 antibody cocktail
Neutralizing antibodies have become an important tool in treating infectious diseases. Recently, two separate approaches yielded successful antibody treatments for Ebola—one from genetically humanized mice and the other from a human survivor. Here, we describe parallel efforts using both humanized mice and convalescent patients to generate antibodies against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike protein, which yielded a large collection of fully human antibodies that were characterized for binding, neutralization, and three-dimensional structure. On the basis of these criteria, we sel...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Hansen, J., Baum, A., Pascal, K. E., Russo, V., Giordano, S., Wloga, E., Fulton, B. O., Yan, Y., Koon, K., Patel, K., Chung, K. M., Hermann, A., Ullman, E., Cruz, J., Rafique, A., Huang, T., Fairhurst, J., Libertiny, C., Malbec, M., Lee, W.-y., Welsh, R., Tags: Microbiology reports Source Type: news

Why doesn't Ebola cause disease in bats, as it does in people?
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) A new study by researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston uncovered new information on why the Ebola virus can live within bats without causing them harm, while the same virus wreaks deadly havoc to people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Leading in Time of COVID: A True Test of Leadership
By Folake OlayinkaAug 15 2020 (IPS) In 1918, the Spanish Flu, a deadly influenza caused by the H1N1 virus, decimated the world. Over the course of four successive waves, it infected 500 million people, about a third of the world’s population at the time, resulting in 50 million deaths. More recently between 2014 and mid-2016 , the Ebola virus epidemic was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history—causing devastating  loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the West Africa region, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. These outbreaks, as well as SARS and MERS, each have ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Folake Olayinka Tags: Democracy Headlines Health Source Type: news

I was Obama ’s Ebola tsar. US healthcare workers are dying at a shameful rate | Ronald A Klain
More than 900 healthcare workers have died in this pandemic. Many of those deaths could have been preventedHealthcare workers usually bear the brunt of an epidemic. Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are in constant contact with people who may be infected. The cruel math of such potential exposures, multiplied over and over, inevitably takes a toll.Covid-19 is no exception.Lost on the Frontline, a new database fromthe Guardian and Kaiser Health News, shows that more than 900 American healthcare workers have already paid the ultimate price in the battle against coronavirus.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ronald A Klain Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Health Healthcare industry Ebola Source Type: news

Multilateral Bank Intermediation Must Help Developing Countries ’ Recovery
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 2020 (IPS) International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has warned that developing countries would need more than the earlier estimated US$2.5 trillion to provide relief to affected families and businesses and expedite economic recovery. Anis Chowdhury With their limited fiscal capacities, developing countries will need to borrow more, increasing their often already high public debt burdens. Developing country debt has grown rapidly since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis (GFC), reaching historical highs even before the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Featured Review: Digital contact tracing technologies in epidemics: a rapid review
Are digital contact tracing technologies effective during infectious disease outbreaks?Why is this question important?The global COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of accurate and timely contact tracing. Contact tracing tells people that they may have been near someone with - or showing symptoms of - an infectious disease, allowing them to self-isolate and helping to stop the spread of infection. Traditionally, contact tracing begins with notification that someone has an infectious disease. They are asked to recall their contacts, going back two to three days before symptom onset. This is time-consuming and may no...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces Agreement with U.S. Government for 100 Million Doses of Investigational COVID-19 Vaccine
New Brunswick, N.J., August 05, 2020 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies have entered into an agreement with the U.S. government for the large scale domestic manufacturing and delivery in the U.S. of 100 million doses of Janssen’s SARS-CoV-2 investigational vaccine, Ad26.COV2.S, for use in the United States following approval or Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of th...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - August 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Lessons Lost: How'Outbreak Culture' Is Shaping the COVID Response Lessons Lost: How'Outbreak Culture' Is Shaping the COVID Response
Many of the warnings issued after the response to Ebola went unheeded -- and those mistakes have repeated themselves in the world's response to coronavirus.Medscape Public Health (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - August 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention Expert Interview Source Type: news

Religion & the Pandemic: A Call Beyond the Here & Now
Religions for Peace Interreligious Council of Albania distributing Covid relief supplies from the Multi-religious Humanitarian Fund. Credit: Erzen CarjaBy Prof. Azza KaramNEW YORK, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) — I have never been interested in religion or spirituality before, but I found myself tuning in to all sorts of on-line religion and spirituality related forums “in search of something.” These are the words of a 30-something single young, middle class man (born into a Protestant-Catholic family background) in a European country. The latter is known more for turning several churches into museums or shopping ce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: Civil Society Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Africa: The One Health Approach to Preventing the Next Pandemic
[AfricaFocus] Editor's Note: "COVID-19 is just one example of the rising trend of diseases - from Ebola to MERS to West Nile and Rift Valley fevers - caused by viruses that have jumped from animal hosts into the human population. ... The rising trend in zoonotic diseases is driven by the degradation of our natural environment - through land degradation, wildlife exploitation, resource extraction, climate change, and other stresses." - Press release from UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Livestock Re (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Funeral Practices and Cultural Dignity in the Time of Covid
[African Arguments] 'People were expected to go from one end of the spectrum to the other; from washing the bodies by hand, dressing them, and holding elaborate ceremonies, to having a corpse in a body bag and no goodbye.'- Fiona McLysaght, Sierra Leone country director for the humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone in 2015. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dr. Anthony Fauci Expresses ‘Cautious’ Optimism That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Available to Americans in 2021
(WASHINGTON) — Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured lawmakers Friday. Appearing before a House panel investigating the nation’s response to the pandemic, Fauci expressed “cautious” optimism that a vaccine would be available, particularly by next year. “I believe, ultimately, over a period of time in 2021, that Americans will be able to get it,” Fauci said, referring to the vaccine. There will be a priority list for who gets early vaccinations. “I don’t think we...
Source: TIME: Health - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Uncategorized Congress COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Why Is Covid-19 More Deadly Than Ebola? An Infectious Disease Doctor Explains
Dr. Mark Kortepeter, a physician and biodefense expert who formerly worked at the U.S. Army “hot zone” research lab, explains the math behind how Covid-19 death tolls are overtaking deadlier viruses. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 31, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Kortepeter, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Policy /policy Editors' Pick editors-pick Decision Maker decision-maker Coronavirus Source Type: news

Last Mile Teachers
Emmanuel, a Luminos teacher, with his class in Loweh, Liberia (2019). Credit: Carielle Doe for the Luminos FundBy George K. Werner and Caitlin BaronKAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 30 2020 (IPS) “It has gotten really tough for us,” says James, a father in rural Liberia, of COVID-19 lockdown and school closures. “My son is trying but he is missing his friends and teachers. Children want to be in school.” “When Coronavirus passes, will your school still be there to help us with our children?” asks Fatu, a Liberian mother of six. Around the world, over one billion children are out of school. All will ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: George K. Werner and Caitlin Baron Tags: Africa Aid Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

We are entering an era of pandemics – it will only end when we protect the rainforest | Peter Daszak
Reducing deforestation and the exploitation of wildlife are the first steps in breaking the chain of disease emergenceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn late 2013, in the village of Meliandou in rural Guinea, a group of children playing near a hollow tree disturbed a small colony of bats hiding inside. Scientists think that Emile Ouamouno, who later became the first tragic “index” case in the west AfricanEbola outbreak, was likely exposed to bat faeces whileplaying near the tree.Every pandemic starts like this. An innocuous human activity, such as eating wildlife, can spark an ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Daszak Tags: Epidemics Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Ebola Sars Aids and HIV Deforestation Conservation Environment Trees and forests Science World news Source Type: news

We are entering an era of pandemics – it will end only when we protect the rainforest | Peter Daszak
Reducing deforestation and the exploitation of wildlife are the first steps in breaking the chain of disease emergenceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn late 2013, in the village of Meliandou in rural Guinea, a group of children playing near a hollow tree disturbed a small colony of bats hiding inside. Scientists think that Emile Ouamouno, who later became the first tragic “index” case in the west AfricanEbola outbreak, was likely exposed to bat faeces whileplaying near the tree.Every pandemic starts like this. An innocuous human activity, such as eating wildlife, can spark an ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Daszak Tags: Epidemics Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Ebola Sars Aids and HIV Deforestation Conservation Environment Trees and forests Science World news Source Type: news

Inside the Global Quest to Trace the Origins of COVID-19 —and Predict Where It Will Go Next
It wasn’t greed, or curiosity, that made Li Rusheng grab his shotgun and enter Shitou Cave. It was about survival. During Mao-era collectivization of the early 1970s, food was so scarce in the emerald valleys of southwestern China’s Yunnan province that farmers like Li could expect to eat meat only once a year–if they were lucky. So, craving protein, Li and his friends would sneak into the cave to hunt the creatures they could hear squeaking and fluttering inside: bats. Li would creep into the gloom and fire blindly at the vaulted ceiling, picking up any quarry that fell to the ground, while his companion...
Source: TIME: Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell/ Yuxi, Yunnan and Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Nigeria: What Happens When a Pandemic Meets a Weak Health System
[Africa In Fact] The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up challenges for Nigeria's health system quite unlike those posed by the Ebola virus or other epidemics, and also emphasised its weaknesses, across the board. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UNH researchers discover new pathways that could help treat RNA viruses
(University of New Hampshire) Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have identified new pathways in an RNA-based virus where inhibitors, like medical treatments, unbind. The finding could be beneficial in understanding how these inhibitors react and potentially help develop a new generation of drugs to target viruses with high death rates, like HIV-1, Zika, Ebola and SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Report: Members of Russia ’s ‘Business and Political Elite’ Have Been Receiving Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine
(Bloomberg) — Scores of Russia’s business and political elite have been given early access to an experimental vaccine against COVID-19, according to people familiar with the effort, as the country races to be among the first to develop an inoculation. Top executives at companies including aluminum giant United Co. Rusal, as well as billionaire tycoons and government officials began getting shots developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow as early as April, the people said. They declined to be identified as the information isn’t public. The Gamaleya vaccine, financed by the state-run Russian D...
Source: TIME: Health - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stepan Kravchenko, Yuliya Fedorinova and Ilya Arkhipov / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk russia wire Source Type: news

Africa: To Vote or Postpone? Elections in the Time of COVID-19
[Africa Renewal] More than 20 African countries were to hold elections this year. As countries tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, there are valuable lessons learned from important elections held during previous Ebola outbreaks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Cases Rise, Surpass Previous Outbreak
[WHO] Brazzaville -- The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) Equateur Province continues to grow, causing major concern as the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners face critical funding gaps. Confirmed cases have now surpassed the total number recorded during the province's last outbreak in 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 17, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO concerned about growing Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are concerned about the growing Ebola outbreak in the northwestern province of Equateur, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as they face critical funding gaps amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency said on Thursday (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Cases Rise, Surpass Previous Outbreak in DRC
[WHO] Brazzaville -- The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) Equateur Province continues to grow, causing major concern as the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners face critical funding gaps. Confirmed cases have now surpassed the total number recorded during the province's last outbreak in 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 16, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Reports 2020 Second-Quarter Results
New Brunswick, N.J. (July 16, 2020) – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced results for second-quarter 2020. “Our second quarter results reflect the impact of COVID-19 and the enduring strength of our Pharmaceutical business, where we saw continued growth even in this environment,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the tireless work of our colleagues around the world and our broad range of capabilities, we continue to successfully navigate the external landscape, and we remain focused on advancing the development of a vaccine to help address this pandemic...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - July 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news