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GAO Report Examines Infectious Disease Modeling, Provides Recommendations For Improvement

Homeland Preparedness News: GAO makes recommendations on infectious disease modeling “A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines how federal agencies use infectious disease modeling to fight outbreaks and what can be done to improve them. The report, titled ‘Infectious Disease Modeling: Opportunities to Improve Coordination and Ensure…

Satellite Data Suggest Novel Coronavirus Might Have Emerged Earlier In Wuhan; Chinese Companies Step Up As Global Humanitarian Donors; China Demands Proof Of Vaccine Interference From Sen. Rick Scott

ABC News: Satellite data suggests coronavirus may have hit China earlier: Researchers “…Using techniques similar to those employed by intelligence agencies, the research team behind the study analyzed commercial satellite imagery and ‘observed a dramatic increase in hospital traffic outside five major Wuhan hospitals beginning late summer and early fall…

Schools Reopen In South Africa, Asia Amid Safety, Dropout Concerns; Backlash In Brazil After COVID-19 Data Withheld; Venezuela Receives Pandemic Aid From Iran; 60% Of U.S. Naval Carrier Soldiers Positive For Coronavirus Antibodies

AFRICA Reuters: Schools reopen in South Africa as parents worry about safeguards (Toyana, 6/8). ASIA Devex: Interactive: The multilaterals funding the COVID-19 response in Southeast Asia and Pacific (Buan/Sarmenta, 6/5). New York Times: New Zealand Lifts Lockdown as It Declares Virus Eliminated, for Now (Cave, 6/8). Reuters: U.N. expert says…

New Zealand Declared Virus-Free, Loosens Restrictions; World Looks To Learn Lessons After Asian, European Nations Loosen Lockdowns; Latin American Nations See Increase In Cases; U.S., Mexico Border Areas See Heavy Impacts

AFRICA AP: Africa’s essential truckers say they face virus stigma (Muhumuza/Odula, 6/7). Devex: In Uganda, refugee programs struggle with social distancing norms (Okereke, 6/8). DW: Coronavirus Special Podcast #19 | When COVID-19 and Ebola strike at the same time (Nebe, 6/5). Global Press Journal: Mobile Money Shields Some Zambians from…

Confirmed Global COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 400K; Worldwide Protests Fueled By Death Of George Floyd, Pandemic’s Impact On Black Communities Pose Dilemmas For Disease Control, Experts Warn; Testing Spending Criticized

AP: World reaches 400,000 virus deaths as pope urges caution “The confirmed global death toll from the COVID-19 virus reached at least 400,000 fatalities on Sunday … Worldwide, at least 6.9 million people have been infected by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University, whose aggregated tally has become the…

Brazil President Threatens To Leave WHO; Government Ceases Publication Of COVID-19 Data

AP: Brazil expunges virus death toll as data befuddles experts “Brazil’s government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections in an extraordinary move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America’s largest nation. Saturday’s move came after months…

Blog Posts, Podcasts, Analysis, Events Focus On COVID-19 Issues

BMJ Opinion: Contact tracing for covid-19 in low- and middle-income countries Nusrat Homaira, respiratory epidemiologist and senior lecturer with the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia, and colleagues (6/5). BMJ Opinion: Richard Smith: How can we achieve a healthy recovery from the pandemic? Richard Smith, former editor of The…