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HHS Secretary Provides Statement On End Of Eastern DRC Ebola Outbreak

HHS: HHS Secretary Azar Statement on End of Eastern DRC Ebola Outbreak In a statement on the end of the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which the DRC Ministry of Health officially announced on June 25, HHS Secretary Alex Azar notes, “We congratulate the…

U.S. Must Better Prepare For Next Pandemic, Experts, Lawmakers Say In Senate Hearings

Bloomberg: U.S. Must Prepare Now for Next Pandemic, Senators Are Told “The U.S. was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and needs to invest more in the tools needed to monitor outbreaks and respond rapidly to the next health crises, witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. ‘Health security is national security,…

COVID-19 Increases Suffering Of Women, Children In Conflict Zones; Study Raises Concerns For Pregnant Women With Novel Coronavirus; Women Under-Represented On Pandemic Task Forces

Al Jazeera: Coronavirus testing may not reach women in conflict zones: IRC “Big gaps between the number of male and female coronavirus cases in parts of Africa and the Middle East suggest that women may be struggling to access testing or care, an aid agency said on Wednesday. In Pakistan,…

IMF Predicts Deeper Global Recession, Slower Recovery From Pandemic

U.N. News: COVID-19: Recovery will be slower following ‘crisis like no other,’ IMF predicts “Economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to be more gradual than previously forecast, according to a report published on Wednesday by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It estimates growth this year at -4.9 percent,…

Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Begins In S. Africa As Continent Seeks Equitable Access To Any Vaccine; Racial Bias In European Lockdown Policing, Report Says; More Than 226K Dead Of COVID-19 In PAHO Region; Yemen Needs More Aid Funding; Virus Hit Nursing Homes Hard In Canada

AFRICA Reuters: South Africa rolls out continent’s first trials for COVID-19 vaccine (Heiberg, 6/24). VOA News: Africa Seeks Equitable Access to Any COVID-19 Vaccine (Marks, 6/24). ASIA ABC (Australia): Coronavirus fears leave pregnant PNG women at risk despite nation’s low infection rate (Whiting, 6/24). AP: New Delhi plans mass screening effort…

U.N. SG Criticizes Lack Of International Cooperation On Pandemic; As Virus Continues Global Spread, Nations Work To Contain Resurgent Outbreaks

AP: U.N. chief criticizes lack of global cooperation on COVID-19 “The United Nations chief criticized the total lack of international coordination in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday and warned that the go-it-alone policy of many countries will not defeat the coronavirus. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with…

Outcomes Of USG COVID-19 Serology Testing Workshop Published In Immunity Journal

NIH: Experts identify steps to expand and improve antibody tests in COVID-19 response “More than 300 scientists and clinicians from the federal government, industry, and academia published a report of their conclusions and recommendations on COVID-19 serology studies online in Immunity. The group gathered for an online workshop in May…

KFF Provides Resources On Global, Domestic Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

KFF: COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker — Updated as of June 24, 2020 Data on country government actions in response to COVID-19 are included in the tracker (6/24). Additional KFF COVID-19 resources on the global situation, as well as those focused on the response and impact within the U.S., are available here.…