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Zimbabwe Pleads For Debt Forgiveness, Aid; Australia, New Zealand Look To Create Travel ‘Bubble’; E.U. Says Several Nations Not Yet Reached Pandemic Peak

AFRICA AP: Thousands of hungry people line up for food in South Africa (Janssen/Delay, 5/2). Financial Times: Zimbabwe pleads for aid to avert ‘collapse’ and fight Covid (Cotterill/Pilling, 5/3). The Guardian: Easing of lockdown a relief to Ghana’s poor — despite fears it is premature (Akinwotu/Asiedu, 5/3). The Telegraph: Will…

U.S. Intelligence Community Confirms Novel Coronavirus Not Manmade But Investigating Origins; Trump-China Rivalry Hampers Intelligence Gathering; Senior U.S. Officials Considering Retaliation Against China

The Hill: U.S. intelligence says it’s investigating COVID-19’s origins “U.S. intelligence agencies in a rare public statement Thursday said they agreed with ‘the widespread scientific consensus’ that the COVID-19 virus was ‘not manmade or genetically modified’ but also that they are investigating whether it emerged from a laboratory in Wuhan,…

Organizations Discuss Global Health Aid, Gavi, Nursing Report, Global Herpes Prevalence

Center for Global Development: Examining Uncertainties in Global Health Aid through the Lens of Family Planning: A Tale of Three Countries in Three Figures Janeen Madan Keller, assistant director of global health and senior policy analyst, and Julia Kaufman, program coordinator, both with CGD (4/30). ONE: 6 things Gavi supports…

Trump Administration Organizing Manhattan Project-Style Effort To Speed Coronavirus Vaccine Efforts; NIH Announces Initiative To Hasten Diagnostics Development

Bloomberg: Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine “The Trump administration is organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort to drastically cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal of making enough doses for most Americans by year’s end. Called ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ the program will…

WHO Reconvening COVID-19 Emergency Committee; Tedros Warns Of Malaria Case Increases In Africa As Continent’s Coronavirus Outbreaks Intensify

CIDRAP News: WHO reconvenes COVID-19 panel; Africa’s outbreaks intensify “The World Health Organization (WHO) director general said today that the COVID-19 emergency committee will meet [today] to review pandemic developments, as cases surge in some African nations and as many past-peak countries take tentative steps to relax their distancing measures.…

Niger Sees Polio Outbreak As Vaccination Suspended Amid COVID-19; U.K. Has 3rd Highest Death Toll From Virus; Brazil Sees Surge Of Cases; Yemen Records Cases For 1st Time

AFRICA AP: U.N.: New polio outbreak in Niger after vaccination suspended (Cheng, 4/29). CNN: South African health official: We can’t repeat HIV failures (McKenzie, 4/29). Devex: Low coronavirus testing in Africa leads to blind spots: Africa CDC chief (Ravelo, 4/30). The Guardian: Covid-19 could mark a deadly turn in Ghana’s…

New Issue Of NIH Fogarty International Center’s ‘Global Health Matters’ Newsletter Available Online

NIH Fogarty International Center: FIC Global Health Matters The most recent issue of the Fogarty International Center’s newsletter contains various articles addressing global health topics, including the NIH’s efforts to develop diagnostics, study potential treatments, and produce an effective vaccine for COVID-19; the importance of sharing global health research especially…

GAO Report Examines Federal Efforts On, Challenges To Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

U.S. Government Accountability Office: Antibiotic Resistance: Additional Federal Actions Needed to Better Determine Magnitude and Reduce Impact This GAO report discusses federal efforts on and challenges to addressing antibiotic resistance, including challenges related to surveillance, the development and use of diagnostic testing, the development of treatments, and the appropriate use…