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COVID-19 data regarding natural origin withheld? The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization rebuked Chinese officials on Friday for withholding research that may link COVID’s origin to wild animals, asking why the data had not been made available three years ago and why it is now missing. www.nytimes.com/2023/03/17/health/covid-origins-who.html? Before the Chinese data disappeared, an international team of virus experts downloaded and began analyzing the …

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More than 100 countries bid for pandemic preparedness funds; The latest health stories from around the world

More than 100 low- and middle-income countries have put in early bids for at least $5.5 billion from a fund that initially has only $300 million to spend to help them better prepare for pandemics. https://www.reuters.com/world/pandemic-fund-vastly-oversubscribed-more-money-needed-world-bank-2023-03-07/ The demand is a sign that pandemic prevention, preparedness and response needs more money and attention, the head of …

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WHO reviews risk of bird flu transmission; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern about bird flu on February 24 after the father of an 11-year-old Cambodian girl who died from the disease also tested positive, raising fears of human-to-human transmission. However, officials say the father is asymptomatic. https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/who-concerned-about-bird-flu-cases-in-humans-after-girls-death-in-cambodia/article66551833.ece The WHO said it was in close contact with the Cambodian authorities about …

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CDC votes in favour of mpox vaccine; The latest health stories from around the world

Advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has voted in favour of the Bavarian Nordic’s Jynneos vaccine for all adults at risk of mpox during an outbreak. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/988606?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=5194437&faf=1 The panel of outside experts voted unanimously in favour of using two doses of the vaccine, and finalising the interim guidelines provided by …

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Global Fund initiates COVID-19 Response Mechanism; The latest health stories from around the world

The COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) of the Global Fund has initiated the process to award US$320 million to various countries worldwide. Since December 2022, the Fund has awarded US$547 million in additional funding to 40 countries. The latest tranche makes for a total of approximately US$867 million. https://reliefweb.int/report/world/global-fund-provides-us867-million-additional-funding-pandemic-preparedness-and-response At the tail end of a seemingly unrelenting pandemic …

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Bird flu, what you need to know; The latest health stories from around the world

Amid some of the largest bird flu outbreaks in recorded history, health officials continue to worry about the impact of the diseases and whether it could transmit to humans, USA Today reported. www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/bird-flu-outbreak-news-what-is-bird-flu-amid-largest-bird-flu-outbreaks-in-recorded-history-will-it-be-next-pandemic-101676189709614.html “There’s a tremendous amount of uncertainty about what is currently happening with bird flu and what might happen in the future,” the …

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Approval of Alzheimer’s drug “rife with irregularities”

US drug regulators failed to follow their own guidance and practices when they approved the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, a congressional report said on Thursday. www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/29/biogen-fda-alzheimers-aduhelm-congressional-report? The US food and drug administration’s (FDA) process of approval, it said, had been “rife with irregularities”, and the FDA’s interactions with maker Biogen had been “atypical”. The report …

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Countries across the globe track COVID-19 cases emerging from China

The United States (US) is considering sampling wastewater taken from international aircraft to track any emerging new Covid-19 variants as infections surge in China.  UK-based health experts estimate about 9,000 people a days are now dying of the disease in China. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/30/china-covid-experts-estimate-9000-deaths-a-day-as-us-says-it-may-sample-wastewater-from-planes? The proposed testing of wastewater by the US Centers for Disease Control and …

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Considerable increase in COVID-19 deaths in China; The latest health stories from around the world

More than 5,000 people are probably dying each day from COVID-19 in China, health data firm Airfinity estimated, offering a dramatic contrast to official data from Beijing on the country’s current outbreak.www.medscape.com/viewarticle/986013?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=5026929&faf=1 The UK-based firm said it had used modelling based on regional Chinese data to produce figures that also put current daily infections in …

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Bio Farma to produce Merck & Co’s HPV vaccine

In a bid to combat HPV-linked cervical cancer in the country Indonesia will produce drugmaker Merck & Co’s vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), the chief of its state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma said last Tuesday,. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/985471?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=4990446&faf=1 Cervical cancer is the fourth-most common cancer among women globally, with an estimated 604,000 new cases and 342,000 deaths …

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