The lessons of COVID-19, two years on
When Robert Kim-Farley heard that COVID-19 had reached the United States, on Jan. 20, 2020, he immediately recalled the grim images from China that he had been seeing online, with people dying in the streets outside of overwhelmed hospitals.“The pandemic has reached us, and it’s going to be bad,” the UCLA epidemiologist thought.With the U.S. reaching the second anniversary of that first U.S. case, Kim-Farley has been reflecting on what the scientific community got right during the medical crisis, and what it could have done better.On a scale of 1 to 10, he said he ’d give the U.S. a 7 for how local, state and feder...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 20, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

More Progressive Taxation Needed for Social Progress
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 18 2022 (IPS) Governments must innovatively develop progressive means to finance the large-scale social spending needed to improve lives and livelihoods, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. More egalitarian tax reforms should enable governments to equitably mobilize desperately needed revenue to advance sustainable development for all. Jomo Kwame SundaramFiscal policy challenges To respond to the pandemic and its economic fallout, massive resource mobilization has been necessary to protect people’s health and livelihoods, stem economic decline and stagnation, and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 18, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Inequity Sustainability TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Asia markets trade mixed as investors wait for China data
Economists expect data out of Beijing on Monday to underline slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. #dataeconomists #slowdown (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consumer Spending Rose At a Cooler Pace in November
Consumer spending rose at a cooler pace of 0.6% last month, raising risks of a broader economic slowdown amid the latest wave of Covid-19 cases. #coolerpace #slowdown (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Omicron & Developing Countries – Where Threats are the Greatest
A woman receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a health clinic in Garowe, Somalia. As scientists continue to investigate the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) last week urged countries not to panic but to prepare for its likely spread. Credit: UNICEF/Ismael TaxtaBy Alexander Kozul-WrightGENEVA, Dec 7 2021 (IPS) On 25 November, news emerged from South Africa of a new COVID-19 variant. It has since been identified as Omicron, a Greek alphabet derivation the World Health Organization (WHO) reserves for virus variants “of concern”. For now, scientists are still racing to understand Omicron’...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alexander Kozul-Wright Tags: Africa COVID-19 COVID-19 VACCINES Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

SII may cut Covishield's monthly production by half amid demand slump
SII has written to the government to seek clarity on its requirement, if any, for normal two doses for eligible people in the country and also on booster doses. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - December 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Findings Show the Omicron Variant Spread Widely At a Faster Pace Than Initially Thought
BRUSSELS (AP) — New findings about the coronavirus’s omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries well before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounded the alarm. The Netherlands’ RIVM health institute found omicron in samples dating from Nov. 19 and 23. The World Health Organization said South Africa first reported the variant to the U.N. health agency on Nov. 24. Meanwhile, Japan and France reported their first cases of the new variant that has forced the wor...
Source: TIME: Health - November 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RAF CASERT / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 wire Source Type: news

Barbados ’ Prime Minister Has a Message for Rich Countries
In the battle to slow down climate change, countries like Barbados are on the “front line,” says Prime Minister Mia Mottley. The island is threatened by rising sea levels and extreme weather events like hurricanes that are increasing in intensity and frequency. But adapting to the impacts of climate change, to build defenses and repair the damage from hurricanes, will cost money that Barbados, with a national debt ratio of 144% of GDP, does not have. Mottley has made tackling the country’s debt a priority, and she negotiated a debt restructuring for Barbados shortly after taking office in 2018 that ...
Source: TIME: Science - October 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jennifer Duggan Tags: Uncategorized climate change healthscienceclimate Magazine Source Type: news

Fossil Fuel Companies Are Still Influencing COP26, Despite Losing Their Official Role
Finally, it seemed, the companies that played a large part in creating the climate crisis were being denied a say in deciding how we dig ourselves out. Unlike at previous climate summits, the organizers of COP26 in Glasgow didn’t give fossil fuel companies a formal role in the talks, a move that climate activists have interpreted as a reprimand for the companies’ lack of clear action to end their planet-warming emissions. Yet that doesn’t mean the oil industry has lost influence over the conference and its outcomes. And in the lead up to the crucial summit, a series of reports have made clear just how dee...
Source: TIME: Science - October 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized climate change healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

The Energy Transition Is in Full Swing. It ’s Not Happening Fast Enough
Even if you follow these things closely, it can be hard to understand where the world’s fight against climate change stands. On the one hand, news abounds of the clean energy revolution, as wind farms and solar panels pop up in communities across the globe and automakers promise to go electric. On the other hand, scientists continue to warn that fossil fuels have placed the planet and everyone who lives on it on an unavoidable collision course with catastrophe. A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) published Wednesday explains the dynamic in sharp detail: the world has begun a momentous shift in how...
Source: TIME: Science - October 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized climate change Source Type: news

The great Recession index: a place-based indicator for countries, states, and metropolitan areas - Wallace M, Li A, Hyde A.
The Great Recession (GR) of 2007-2009 marked the most devastating economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and its consequences dramatically changed almost every aspect of social life. This research introduces the Great Recession Index (G... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Evergrande debt crisis shines light on China real estate bubble
As Xi pushes 'common prosperity', Beijing tries to avoid fueling an economic downturn (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Progressive Taxation for Our Times
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 21 2021 (IPS) As developing countries struggle to cope with the pandemic, they risk being set back further by restrictive fiscal policies. These were imposed by rich countries who no longer practice them if they ever did. Instead, the global South urgently needs bold policies to ensure adequate relief, recovery and reform. Jomo Kwame SundaramBold fiscal responses needed Governments must mobilise and deploy resources sustainably and fairly, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With rich countries’ refusal to help more, adequate government financing is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: COVID-19 Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

PE-backed Indira IVF to set up six clinics in Karnataka
“In the past year of the pandemic, more and more people have come forward to take up IVF. Their perception of the virus has evolved, and the demand has significantly gone up. Despite the slowdown posed by Covid, we have been able to expand to 100 centres from 92 centres before the pandemic,” Mur dia said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news