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Future of Medicine #27

  • What Bill Gates thinks
  • Tired staff
  • Decisions on schools
  • Healthcare waste
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Channel News Asia

Tired staff, but pushing on: How TTSH-NCID responded to COVID-19 from day one

SINGAPORE: The team from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) has been here before.

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The Hindu

COVID-19: Chain of blunders by the Central government

“The response to COVID-19 has been driven by political priorities rather than by public health and epidemiological expertise.” This is the retrospective assessment three well-known public health specialists have made of the manner in which the pandemic has been handled so far in the country. They are the epidemiologist Ramanan Lakshminarayanan of the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, New Delhi, and Princeton University; the virologist Shahid Jameel, formerly of the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, New Delhi; and the epidemiologist Swarup Sarkar, formerly with the World Health Organisation’s South-East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi, and currently a Delhi-based independent public health consultant. In an editorial commentary published on August 14 in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH), they have analysed and critiqued the way the government has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Washington Post

Vaccine trials call for Black, Latino people

Mark M. Spradley searched online for a vaccine clinical trial the way most people go shopping.

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Dhaka Tribune

Covid-19: Infectious healthcare wastes turning hazardous

Coronavirus-related wastes are now being generated largely outside healthcare establishments

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Front Page Africa

Liberia: Government, Partners Strengthen Health Workers’ Capacities in Combating Covid-19

Kakata — The Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Agriculture and Health has begun a six -day training for Community Health Volunteers, Community Animal Health Workers, Port Health and Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) officers to support Community Event-Based Surveillance for COVID-19 in Margibi County.

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Associated Press

US will end current health screening of some travelers

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to end enhanced health screening of travelers from certain countries next week, and those visitors will no longer be funneled through 15 large U.S. airports.

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The underdog coronavirus vaccines the world will need if front runners stumble

As leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies fast-track COVID-19 vaccines through clinical trials, smaller developers face a battle to get their candidates noticed.

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Independent (Ireland)

Covid-19 is now back stalking the older and more vulnerable with the weakest defences

Covid-19 is again infecting more vulnerable older age groups, striking more than 220 pensioners in recent weeks.

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Boston Globe

Should you send your child back to school? The expert consensus leans toward ‘yes,’ with caveats – The Boston Globe

“There’s no handbook for how parents are supposed to do this,” said Dr. Joshua A. Barocas, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Medical Center and father of two young children. “For all of the parental handbooks we received, there wasn’t one that said, ‘What do you do with your kid during a pandemic?'”

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NY Mag

Bill Gates Hopes the Pandemic Doesn’t Stretch Past 2022

Every year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases a Goalkeepers report, tracking the world’s progress toward the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. The news is almost always pretty good. This year’s edition is … not like that. “Almost every time we have opened our mouths or put pen to paper,” the Gateses write in the report’s introduction, “we have celebrated decades of historic progress in fighting poverty and disease. But we have to confront the current reality with candor: This progress has now stopped.” Their annual report tracks global progress on 18 different metrics. “In recent years, the world has improved on every single one. This year, on the vast majority, we’ve regressed.”

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