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Health Officials Call For More Effort To Slow Coronavirus Spread; Mexico Passes 100K Deaths; India Marks 9M Infections; Middle East Faces 2nd Wave; New Zealand Avoids Lockdown Using Science-Based Approach

CIDRAP News: Global officials urge more steps to drive down COVID spread “Health officials in different parts of the world urged people to double down on their individual actions to curb the spread of COVID-19 to avoid protracted lockdowns and to maintain and improve upon hard-fought gains against the virus…”…

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Borgen Magazine: Gene Therapy to Possibly Cure Sickle Cell Disease in Africa (Shores, 11/20). Borgen Magazine: How World Organizations Fight the Health Crisis in African Countries (Kuzel, 11/19). Borgen Magazine: How Technology is Advancing Global Healthcare (Hudson, 11/19). Borgen Magazine: The United States’ Fight Against Locusts in East Africa (Scalora,…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Topics Related COVID-19, Including Vaccine Distribution Challenges; Lessons From HIV Response; Pandemic’s Disruption To Polio, Measles Vaccination Campaigns

Devex: Opinion: How AI can push for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines Jayasree Iyer, executive director, and Thomas Collin-Lefebvre, researcher to the executive director, both at the Access to Medicine Foundation (11/18). Devex: Opinion: Why exciting results from vaccine research are just the beginning of efforts to end COVID-19 Mitchell…

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Al Jazeera: Pacific’s Samoa records first case of coronavirus (11/19). Devex: Exclusive: FCDO to become ‘reserved’ department, will not be hiring foreign nationals (Worley, 11/18). New Humanitarian: In storm-hit Honduras, a climate crisis drives needs and fuels migration (Olson, 11/18). New York Times: How Profit Collided With Public Health in…

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AP: Official warns of humanitarian disaster if Afghan talks fail (Faiez, 11/18). Borgen Magazine: New Way of Working: Combining Humanitarian and Development Efforts (Bassi, 11/17). The Guardian: Researchers confirm human-to-human transmission of rare virus in Bolivia (Glenza, 11/16). NPR: In ‘Fevers, Feuds And Diamonds,’ Paul Farmer Breaks Down Assumptions About…

U.K. Considering Temporary Reduction In Foreign Aid Spending, From 0.7% To 0.5% Of GNI

The Guardian: U.K. aid budget facing billions in cuts “The Treasury is planning to slash billions from the overseas aid budget despite the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, praising the government’s 0.7% aid target on Monday as representing U.K. values in front of aides to Joe Biden. The Treasury wants to…

School Reopenings In Africa Bring Anxiety; Coronavirus Circulating Earlier Than Thought In Italy; Iran Experiencing Worst Epidemic In Middle East; U.S. Passes 11M Cases

AFRICA AP: As schools reopen in Africa, relief is matched by anxiety (Muhumuza/Odula, 11/16). ASIA Reuters: China finds coronavirus on frozen meat, packaging from Latin America, New Zealand (Singh et al., 11/15). Reuters: N.Korea’s Kim orders tightening of anti-virus measures amid global pandemic — KCNA (Cha, 11/15). EUROPE The Guardian:…

Media Outlets Report On WHA Discussions, Including Health Emergency Early Warning Systems, Proposal On Palestinian Territories, Global Repository For Biological Samples

Devex: How should the world be warned of global health emergencies? “There is high interest among a number of World Health Organization member states to introduce a differentiated alert level system for health emergencies, after many governments were accused of being slow in responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak. But…

U.K.’s International Development Committee Report Raises Concerns Over Use Of ODA For R&D Of COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics, Diagnostics

Devex: U.K.’s use of aid for COVID-19 tools could breach international rules, politicians say “British politicians have said the aid budget should not be used for research and development of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments, despite government spending of more than £700 million ($920 million) in this area. Nonaid funds…

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