Asia-Pacific Region Hardest-Hit By COVID-19, Climate-Related Disasters; Crisis On Venezuela-Colombia Border; Iraqi Doctors Face Threats; Mexico Has 4th Highest Death Toll

AFRICA

Health-e News: Gates foundation honors Africa CDC’s John Nkengasong for fight against Covid-19 pandemic (Mukwevho, 9/23).

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: COVID-19 in Africa: half a year later (Makoni, October 2020).

Washington Post: Economic fallout from coronavirus leads to surge in Tunisians leaving for Europe (Parker, 9/24).

ASIA

Al Jazeera: Asia Pacific hardest hit by COVID-19, climate-related disasters (9/24).

Xinhua: Confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Asia-Pacific as India records 86,508 new cases (9/24).

EUROPE

AP: Madrid wants military help, more doctors to fight virus wave (Parra, 9/23).

AP: Masks off: Belgium relaxes virus rules despite rise in cases (Petrequin, 9/23).

Financial Times: U.K. to test vaccines on volunteers deliberately infected with Covid-19 (Cookson, 9/23).

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: The arrival of Sputnik V (Balakrishnan, October 2020).

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: COVID-19 claims another victim (Burki, October 2020).

LATIN AMERICA

New Humanitarian: How COVID-19 has created a crisis on the Venezuela-Colombia border (Collins, 9/23).

Reuters: The ventilators never came: How graft hampered Brazil’s COVID-19 response (Slattery et al., 9/25).

MIDDLE EAST

Middle East Monitor: Violence mounts against Iraqi doctors as COVID cases spike (9/23).

New York Times: With Coronavirus on the Rampage, Israel Tightens Holiday Lockdown (Kershner, 9/24).

NORTH AMERICA

New York Times: In the Epicenter of Mexico’s Epicenter, Feeling Like a ‘Trapped Animal’ (Ahmed, 9/23).

NPR: After Aerosols Misstep, Former CDC Official Criticizes Agency Over Unclear Messaging (Doubek, 9/22).

STAT: Q&A: Vivek Murthy, a top Biden adviser, on Covid-19 vaccines, the drug industry, and the future of public health (Facher, 9/23).

Vox: 9 experts reflect on the U.S. reaching 200,000 confirmed Covid-19 deaths (Scott, 9/23).

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