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Global Health Community Discusses Pandemic Preparedness Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

BMJ Opinion: We need new forms of governance to better manage our response to pandemics Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, and Gabriel Leung, dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, discuss the need for new governance…

WHO To Set Research Agenda For Novel Coronavirus, As Scientists Work To Develop Experimental Vaccines, Patients Seek Effective Treatments

Reuters: WHO convening experts on drugs, vaccines to set coronavirus research agenda “Hundreds of experts will meet in Geneva next Tuesday and Wednesday to set research and development priorities for coronavirus drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines to combat the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday…” (Nebehay, 2/5). STAT:…

News Outlets Report On China’s Handling Of Coronavirus Outbreak, Political Impacts

Financial Times: Coronavirus: the cost of China’s public health cover-up (Kynge et al., 2/5). New York Times: China Clamps Down on Coronavirus Coverage as Cases Surge (Zhong et al., 2/5). Reuters: China troubled at U.K. PM Johnson’s silence over coronavirus: BBC (Faulconbridge, 2/6). Reuters: China may delay annual meeting of…

WHO Emergency Committee Upholds PHEIC Designation For DRC Ebola Outbreak

U.N. News: DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern “The World Health Organization (WHO) convened its Emergency Committee which reaffirmed that the risk [of Ebola] remains high at the national and regional levels, but low globally. ‘It was the unanimous view of the Committee that this event…

China Changes Coronavirus Case Diagnosis Criteria In Hubei Province

AP: China reports spike in virus cases with new way of counting “China on Thursday reported a sharp spike in deaths and infections from a new virus after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope of diagnoses for the outbreak, which has spread…

Media Outlets Report On E.U., WHO Coronavirus Responses, Other Aspects Of Outbreak

ABC News: EU ministers hold emergency talks on COVID-19 virus (Petrequin, 2/13). CBS San Francisco: ‘Infodemic’: World Health Officials Aim To Fight Rising Misinformation About Coronavirus (Ramirez, 2/12). KHN: To Fight Chinese Outbreak, Doctors Deploy Drugs Targeting HIV, Malaria And Ebola (Heredia Rodriguez, 2/13). Scientific American: Here’s How Computer Models…

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