WHO Recommends Newest COVID-19 Treatment…As MSF Calls For Equal Access To The Medications

THE World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the two-drug treatment cocktail, casirivimab/imdevimab, for people with COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter The development comes in the midst of calls by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on the US pharmaceutical corporation Regeneron, the manufacturer and patent holder of these drugs, to take immediate actions to ensure the medications are affordable and accessible for everyone who needs them and forego any monopoly on these new treatments. Given the massive need for COVID-19 medicines around the world, Regeneron should make casirivimab and imdevimab available at a reasonable…

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MSF Turns Heat On Global Leaders To Ensure Equitable Vaccines Distribution

THE Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is capitalising on the ongoing United Nations (UN) General Assembly to pressure leading global leaders and vaccines manufacturers to remove restrictions on vaccines access for low and middle income countries. By Michael Gwarisa Dr. Maria Guevara, the MSF International Medical Secretary who is attending the UN general assembly  highlighted the urgent need for concrete  actions that should be taken to turn a corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. The global response to the pandemic has failed to deliver equal and equitable access to date, with the…

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UK Aid Cut On Global AIDS Response Deals Major Blow To AIDS Progress

A new report has warned that the world is gradually sleepwalking towards a new AIDS emergency  following the United Kingodom’s decision to cut its level of official development assistance from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income. Health Reporter According to the report titled, Jeopardising Progress: Impact of UK Government AIDS Cuts on HIV/AIDS Worldwide, there is urgent need for action to get the HIV response back on track. The report also shows how COVID-19 has disrupted HIV services, leading to significant declines in HIV testing and referrals to treatment…

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Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Appointed WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

THE World Health Organization today announced the appointment of The Rt Hon Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing. Mr Brown is widely credited with preventing a second Great Depression through his stewardship of the 2009 London G20 summit. He mobilized world leaders to commit an additional $1.1 trillion to restore credit, growth and jobs to help the world economy through the global financial crisis. Health Reporter More recently, Mr Brown has tirelessly called on wealthy nations as well as the…

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Skipping Breakfast Increases Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes In Adults- Study

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL studies have indicated that breakfast skipping is associated with risk of type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study, there was a greater risk of type 2 diabetes in adults who skipped breakfast as compared to those adhered to a consistent breakfast routine. The study looked at data on 96,175 people to see if skipping breakfast had an impact on their health. What they found, was that the more people skipped breakfast – the more days a week – the higher their risk of type 2 diabetes,” said Cleveland…

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A New Virus ‘Nipah,’ Deadlier Than COVID-19 Emerges In India, Kills Boy 12

A 12-year-old boy has died in India of Nipah, a rare virus that is far deadlier than COVID-19 — and one that health officials have long feared could start a global pandemic. The unidentified boy died Sunday at a hospital in Kerala, the southern state already battling the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the hard-hit country, officials there said. He had already visited two other hospitals before his death, putting him in contact with potentially hundreds of people — with up to 11 showing potential symptoms, NDTV reported. Previous…

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Here’s What We Know About C.1.2.—South Africa’s New, Highly Mutated Covid Variant

SOURCE: FORBES Topline There has been a lot of buzz this past week over a new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa that appears to be more highly mutated than any other variant flagged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of interest or concern, but still comprises just a small share of the country’s Covid-19 cases and has not been conclusively investigated for how its mutations impact the behavior of the virus. A shot of the vaccine is administered. Getty Images Key Facts The evolution of this…

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WHO Mulls Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a guidance document for countries and implementing partners on the technical requirements for issuing digital certificates for vaccination against COVDI-19. By Michael Gwarisa Through their official international Website, WHO said the Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates is being proposed as a mechanism by which a person’s COVID-19-related health data can be digitally documented via an electronic certificate. The certificate can be used in the same way as a paper-based vaccination record/card. That is to provide information to health care providers about the vaccination…

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CDC Warns That Delta Variant Now Infecting Vaccinated People, The Variant Is More Contagious Than Chicken Pox

THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a stern warning about the delta variant of the coronavirus: “Acknowledge the war has changed.” Now, it says even vaccinated people are able to readily spread the virus. That is part of the message from a recent internal presentation prepared by the CDC detailing findings, some of which are considered preliminary, on the dangers posed by the delta variant, which has already led to a spike in cases in the United States. The document, obtained Friday by NBC News and first…

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Major Diabetes Breakthrough On The Horizon As Once In A Week Insulin Drug Is Under Development

A new weekly insulin shot that lasts for 196 hours is currently under development in a move that bis likely to improve health outcomes for people living diabetes. Article Originally Published By Medical Health Today The new modified version of insulin is called Insulin icodec and has undergone two trials and according to experts, the fact that it lasts 196 hours in the body makes it ideal as a once in week treatment. Two phase 2 trials including hundreds of participants with type 2 diabetes from several countries assessed the…

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