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Biden to appoint Mandy Cohen as Director of the CDC; The latest health stories from around the world

Public health advocates are applauding the news that President Joe Biden intends to name Mandy Cohen, a physician and public health expert with broad government experience, to lead the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.adj1029?et_rid=785235729&utm_campaign=SCIeToc&af=R&et_cid=4766136&utm_medium=email&utm_content=alert&utm_source=sfmc Biden will appoint Cohen by the end of the month to replace current CDC Director Rochelle Walensky […]

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FDA approves new RSV vaccine; The latest health stories from around the world

A panel advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week recommended that it approve a vaccine given to pregnant people to protect infants from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause severe lung infections. https://www.science.org/content/article/news-glance-china-s-ethics-oversight-arpa-h-s-new-science-and-210-million-protein? The vote was unanimous based on the efficacy of the vaccine, called RSVpreF and branded Abrysvo. Ten members

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EU and US launch joint task force on global health threats; The latest health stories from around the world

The European Union and the United States have launched a new joint health task force to cooperate on cancer, global health threats and related supply chains and infrastructure, officials told a press conference last Wednesday. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/992081?ecd=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=5445031&faf=1 The task force was set up on the heels of a cooperation agreement signed in June last year to

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WHO declares end to global mpox emergency; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) ended the global health emergency for mpox, on 11 May, 10 months after it was declared, as cases have fallen dramatically in Europe and the Americas. www.science.org/content/article/who-ends-mpox-emergency? Caused by the monkeypox virus (MPXV), the painful and occasionally fatal disease is endemic in Africa, but a new strain surged in other

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WHO declares an end to COVID-19 emergency phase; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, last Friday. The move is likely to usher the world into a new phase of disease monitoring with a scaling back of surveillance and available resources to fight COVID-19. https://www.science.org/content/article/who-ends-pandemic-emergency-covid-19-deaths-fall? WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a press

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New global database highlights health inequality; The latest health stories from around the world

Billed as the world’s most comprehensive collection of statistics on the topic, the Health Inequality Data Repository allows users to compare how people of differing incomes, ages, genders and rural-versus-urban settings compare on more than 2,000 measures of health, ranging from access to key health services to child mortality rates – and even upload and

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WHO expands mRNA facilities to South Africa; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday launched its mRNA vaccine technology hub in South Africa’s Cape Town, to help poorer countries struggling to gain access to life-saving medication. www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/who-officially-launches-mrna-vaccine-hub-cape-town-2023-04-20/ In 2021, the WHO picked South African biotech firm Afrigen Biologics and local vaccine-maker Biovac for a proof-of-concept pilot project to give poor and middle-income

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Project NextGen to prepare for future pandemics; The latest health stories from around the world

President Joe Biden’s administration said this week it plans to spend more than $5 billion to stoke development of better coronavirus vaccines and treatments to curb future pandemics. www.science.org/content/article/news-glance-new-us-coronavirus-research-lab-gears-carbon-cost-repurposed-accelerator? Like Operation Warp Speed, its predecessor during the administration of former President Donald Trump, the new program, Project NextGen, will rely on public-private partnerships, The Washington

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Bird flu remains on watch for potential mutations; The latest health stories from around the world

From thousands of sea lions off the coast of Peru to mink farmed for fur in Spain to grizzly bears in Montana and harbour seals in Maine, for months, the avian influenza virus that has been decimating birds across the world has also sickened and killed a menagerie of mammals, raising fears it might evolve

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Chinese researchers release new COVID-19 data; The latest health stories from around the world

Chinese researchers released a trove of new genetic data last Wednesday that may offer fresh clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also substantially revised a related study they first posted online 13 months ago to include this evidence, which some scientists say gives more credibility to the thesis that SARS-CoV-2 could have

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