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Proposed Republican, Democratic COVID-19 Relief Packages Differ On Vaccine Funding; Infectious Disease Experts, Bill Gates React, Call For U.S. Leadership

The Hill: GOP, Democratic relief packages $16B apart on vaccine funding “Two competing coronavirus relief packages on Capitol Hill underscore differing GOP and Democratic funding priorities for vaccine development and COVID-19 testing. The Senate GOP measure released this week includes roughly $16 billion more for vaccine development than the House-passed…

U.S. House Democrats Introduce Legislation To Repeal Helms Amendment

The Hill: Democrats introduce bill to repeal funding ban on abortions abroad “Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Wednesday that would repeal a decades-old policy that prevents U.S. foreign aid programs from providing funding for abortion services. … Schakowsky’s bill, the Abortion Is Health Care Act of 2020, would classify…

More News In Global Health

DW: Have scientists been sidelined in eliminating hepatitis because of the coronavirus pandemic? (7/28). Devex: ‘Statistics that can and will be used’: Pacific Islands devise new gender data plans (Cornish, 7/30). Devex: Faith leaders have key role in stopping spread of COVID-19, UNICEF says (Welsh, 7/30). The Lancet Infectious Diseases:…

Opinions Address IFC’s Impact On Poverty In Guinea, Implications Of Abortion Policies

Devex: Opinion: Why is IFC contributing to poverty in Guinea? David Pred, co-founder and executive director of Inclusive Development International (7/28). NBC News: Zara Ahmed: Abortion rates don’t drop when the procedure is outlawed. But it does make it more dangerous Zara Ahmed, associate director of federal issues for the…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Including School Openings, Lessons From France’s Response, Poor Data On Women

The Lancet: The COVID-19 infodemic Editorial Board (7/17). New York Times: Opening Schools Won’t Be Easy, but Here’s How to Do It Safely Ezekiel J. Emanuel, vice provost of global initiatives and professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues (7/29). PLOS Neglected Tropical…

COVID-19, Locust Swarms Worsen Food Security In East Africa; Vietnam Sees Uptick In Cases; Europe Braces For Virus Resurgence; Democracy Threatened In Latin America Amid Pandemic; U.S. Death Toll Passes 150K

AFRICA Reuters: Gambia VP tests positive for coronavirus, president self-isolating (Saine, 7/29). Xinhua: Roundup: COVID-19, desert locust exacerbate food insecurity in E. Africa: U.N. (7/29). ASIA AP: Asia Today: Masks mandatory as cases rise in Australia state (7/19). AP: U.N. urges SE Asia to build back better from COVID-19 crisis…

U.S. Senate’s COVID-19 Supplemental Funding Bill Contains $4B For Global Response, No Additional Money For Global Fund, Disappointing Development Experts

Devex: U.S. Senate COVID-19 funding bill includes $4B for global response “The U.S. Senate’s coronavirus supplemental funding bill unveiled Monday includes only about $4.4 billion for global COVID-19 relief efforts, far less than advocates had pushed to include. Development experts have been pushing for about $20 billion in funding for…