Another Deadly Disease “Bubonic Plague” Reported In China, World Should Be On High Alert

AUTHORITIES in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused the Black Death pandemic, was reported Sunday. SOURCE: CNN The case was discovered in the city of Bayannur, located northwest of Beijing, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. A hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient’s case on Saturday. By Sunday, local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention, the second lowest in a four-level system. The warning will stay in place until…

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Cassava Fintech International launches SASAI Health Status Report as it steps up fight against COVID-19

Healthtech platform set to offer handy solution to tackle epidemic Report to assist employers, businesses safely get employees back to work London – June 24, 2020: Cassava Fintech International (CFI), a subsidiary of the Econet Group, has launched the SASAI Health Status Report (SHSR), a secure blockchain technology-supported solution expected to digitize the testing process, establish citizens’ COVID-19 status, enable them to share their testing results through a digital platform and help businesses safely get employees back to work as economies reopen, following restrictive lockdowns. The healthtech solution was announced…

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Novartis expands Africa Sickle Cell Disease program to Uganda and Tanzania

NOVARTIS and its partners have announced the expansion of the Africa Sickle Cell Disease program to East Africa with the signature of two new memoranda of understanding with the Ministries of Health of Uganda and Tanzania. HealthTimes Reporter The program, first launched in Ghana in November 2019, aims to improve and extend the lives of people with sickle cell disease (SCD) in sub-Saharan Africa, with plans to reach a total of 10 countries by 2022. In this time of worldwide uncertainty, it is even more important to support people living…

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People With Blood Group A At Higher Risk Of Severe COVID-19 Illness

LAST week, a genetic study of more than 1,610 COVID-19 patients in Italy and Spain found that people with type A blood had a higher chance of developing severe respiratory failure than people with type O blood (medRxiv 2020, DOI: 10.1101/2020.05.31.20114991). The findings add support to an idea that has been developing since early in the global pandemic, that type O blood is somehow protective against the disease, while type A may make people more vulnerable. SOURCE: C&EN In the new study, researchers sequenced the genomes of COVID-19 patients in…

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Coronavirus Scorecard for Africa: Percentage of GDP earmarked for combating COVID-19

Governments’ response to COVID-19 has in most cases involved earmarking a significant percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – the standard measure of a country’s productive wealth – towards fighting the pandemic. Although this is only part of most governments’ broad-spectrum policy response to the disease, it is an important measure as it indicates governments’ level of commitment to responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It must be stressed, however, that different governments face different levels of severity of the pandemic and different projections (depending on a wide range…

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FDA Approves Dolutegravir Tablets for Oral Suspension for Children With HIV

OFFICIALS with the FDA have approved dolutegravir (Tivicay PD, ViiV Healthcare) dispersible tablets for oral suspension for children who are at least 4 weeks of age and weigh at least 3 kg, according to a press release. SOURCE: DRUG TOPICS This approval marks the first ever dispersible tablet formulation of dolutegravir, which are used in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in pediatric patients. Additionally, the approval also expands dolutegravir’s indication for the existing 50-mg film-coated tablets (Tivicay) for use in children weighing 20 kg…

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Bill & Melinda Gates Pledges US$1.6 billion To Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, To Protect The Next Generation With Vaccines

THE Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a five-year, US$1.6 billion commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to deliver lifesaving vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. The commitment was announced at the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. Funding secured today for Gavi’s next strategic period will help the Alliance reach an additional 300 million children in the world’s most vulnerable communities and save up to eight million lives, bringing the total number of children immunized with Gavi support to more…

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28 Million Surgeries Could Be Cancelled worldwide: The Collateral Damage To Other Medical Services

THE current COVID-19 pandemic is the defining crisis of our time and has seized the collective attention of the world. However, the potential collateral damage threatens to add to the effects of COVID-19 for years after the post-pandemic period. 28.4 million surgical procedures will be postponed or cancelled according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery. The research was performed by a global group of researchers known as the ‘COVIDSurg Collaborative’ that rapidly set up the project in record time and formed one of the largest…

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Rasha Kelej creates a song by singers from 11 African countries to support medical workers during Coronavirus battle

Rasha Kelej: I have directed and produced for the first time, a song by singers from 11 African countries for the first time together in three languages; English, French and Arabic to show our support for medical workers around the world. This is my personal contribution towards the response to Coronavirus pandemic. In what has now become a global way of showing support and appreciation for medical workers around the world, during Coronavirus battle, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans started her…

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WHO Releases New Guidance For Outdoor Events And Mass Gatherings Amid Pandemic

As leading countries move towards establishing normalcy, World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on mass gathering amid the pandemic. SOURCE: THE REPUBLICWORLD.COM As leading countries move towards establishing normalcy, World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on mass gathering amid the pandemic. The new guidelines, which include suggestions such as holding gathering outside, inviting only healthy people etc, recommend changes to large events and encourage people to do a ‘risk assessment’ before organizing events. This comes as the coronavirus pandemic has infected a total of 6,063,588 and killed 369244 people across…

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