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CDC MMWR Articles Discuss Improving Respiratory Disease Surveillance In Kenya, Measles Outbreak In Orthodox Jewish Communities In Israel

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Improving Detection and Response to Respiratory Events — Kenya, April 2016-April 2020 Osatohamwen I. Idubor, epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Division of Bacterial Diseases, and colleagues (5/8). CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Notes from…

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Bloomberg: Hackers Target WHO by Posing as Think Tank, Broadcaster (Gallagher, 5/7). The BMJ: Covid-19: Health needs of sex workers are being sidelined, warn agencies (Howard, 5/7). CNN: These are the ’10 plain truths’ about the coronavirus pandemic, according to former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden (Kim/Watts, 5/6). Devex: Q&A:…

French Scientists Identify SARS-CoV-2 Case From December; WHO Urges Countries To Investigate Possible Early Cases; Several U.S. States Launch Retrospective Examinations

The Hill: French scientists discover nation treated coronavirus patient in December “French scientists have identified the earliest-known case of COVID-19 in the nation: a patient who was treated in a hospital near Paris in December, an indication that the virus has been spreading across the world for far longer than…

White House Disclaims HHS/FEMA COVID-19 Projections Showing Surge In Daily Deaths By June; IHME Releases New Projections Based On Reopenings

Bloomberg: White House Disclaims Projection Showing Surge in Virus Outbreak “An internal U.S. government projection shows the nation’s coronavirus outbreak vastly accelerating by June to more than 200,000 new cases and 2,500 deaths per day — far more than the country is currently experiencing. The White House disclaimed the projection,…

Without Evidence, WHO Says U.S. Allegations On Coronavirus Origin Remain Speculative; Fauci Says No Evidence Supporting Virus Man-Made; China Pushes Ahead With Efforts To Develop Vaccine

AP: U.N.: U.S. hasn’t shared evidence on alleged coronavirus origin “The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Monday that it has received no evidence from the U.S. government to back up allegations by President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the coronavirus could have originated at a…

Mass Screening Helps S. Africa Stem COVID-19; India Prepares Repatriation Of Stranded Migrant Workers; Italy Begins Loosening Lockdown; U.K. Has Highest European Death Toll; Brazil Ill-Prepared For Virus

AFRICA Financial Times: South Africa’s mass screening helps stem the coronavirus tide (Cotterill, 5/5). ASIA New York Times: This Drug May Cause Birth Defects. Japan’s Pushing It for Coronavirus (Dooley et al., 5/5). New York Times: Coronavirus Survivors Want Answers, and China Is Silencing Them (Wang et al., 5/4). Reuters:…

FDA Approves Emergency Use Authorization For Gilead’s Remdesivir To Treat Patients With COVID-19; BARDA Researching New Diagnostic Test

STAT: FDA to allow emergency use of Gilead’s Covid-19 drug “The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it would permit emergency use of remdesivir, the antiviral medicine from Gilead Sciences, to treat patients with Covid-19. The decision to issue an ’emergency use authorization’ was based on positive results from…

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CBS News: How the fight against polio was won (Kessel, 5/3). Devex: Where are the health workers? New data efforts aim to answer big coronavirus questions (Lieberman, 5/4). Devex: This nonprofit needs your cough sounds to detect COVID-19 (Ravelo, 5/4). The Guardian: Coronavirus ‘reinfections’ were false positives, says WHO technical…