—Source: Johns Hopkins University
- 160,513,476 cases
- 3,333,245 deaths
- 1,374,276,505 vaccine doses administered
Messaging that focused on the personal benefits of vaccines rather than collective benefits was more successful at swaying people strongly hesitant about COVID-19, according to a study of 15,000+ adults. The Lancet Public Health
People are going without food, medicines, and other necessities in Cambodia’s strict “red zone” lockdown areas, where many have been barred from leaving home since mid-April. The Guardian
Taiwan—an early pandemic success story—could be headed for its first-ever lockdown as infections are cropping up in large cities (though numbers are still tiny compared to elsewhere). Quartz
Mixing Pfizer and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines is more likely to lead to mild and moderate side effects like chills and headaches, according to preliminary data from an Oxford University study of 830 volunteers. BBC
COVID-19 spirals out of control in Nepal: 'Every emergency room is full now' – National Geographic
Hospital waiting list numbers in England hit record high – The Guardian
Analysis shows 87% of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in wealthier countries, despite surges in cases in conflict-affected countries – IRC (news release)
Latino and Black Californians less likely to have received COVID-19 vaccine – Los Angeles Times
Vaccines seem to work well against coronavirus variants. It’s also complicated – STAT
Risk of dying from Covid-19 40 times the risk of rare blood clot after receiving J&J vaccine – CNN
Most COVID-19 Infections and Hospitalizations are in Unvaccinated – Cleveland Clinic (news release)
CDC Director Statement on Pfizer’s Use of COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents Age 12 and Older – CNN
Pfizer's argument against waiving patent rights – Axios
How expanding vaccine eligibility for kids will impact mothers – The 19th
New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown, study finds – University College London via ScienceDaily
Drug Overdose Deaths Before and After Shelter-in-Place Orders During the COVID-19 Pandemic in San Francisco – JAMA Open
Are ‘covid nails’ a sign you had the virus? Experts weigh in. – The Washington Post
Ohio to give $1M away to 5 vaccinated adults, 5 full-ride college scholarships – The Columbus Dispatch
Just when the stakes couldn’t be higher, America’s trust in public health is faltering, a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll of 1,305 American adults confirms.
- Just 52% of Americans polled have a great deal of trust in CDC advice; 1 respondent told NPR she lost trust because of the agency’s inconsistent, “all over the board” guidance during the pandemic
- Just 41% express strong trust in state and local health departments. That falls to 37% for the NIH and FDA
- Only 34% gave high marks to US’s public health surveillance system—down from 43% in 2009
- 27% of Republicans greatly trust CDC, compared to 76% of Democrats
Key reason: “Our nation’s public health system entered the pandemic underfunded and understaffed—problems that have persisted for generations—and the consequences of this underinvestment over the past year have been devastating,” notes Richard Besser, RWJF chief, in a news release.
Problem: “We’re in a period of distrust of government in general,” notes Robert Blendon, a Harvard emeritus professor who led the survey. And without trust, he says, “people won’t agree “to change their lives, take preventive [measures], take vaccines.”
- 71% of those polled favor substantially boosting federal spending on public health
- 72% agree that public health agencies are extremely or very important to Americans’ health
How to Save 70,000 Lives
A disease of extreme poverty, rheumatic heart disease afflicts 40 million of the world’s most vulnerable people, the World Heart Federation reports.
To help stem RHD in Africa—which has the world’s highest RHD prevalence—a first-of-its-kind study offers a cost-benefit analysis of interventions like penicillin, cardiac surgery, and early detection.
The Lancet Global Health study found RHD mortality could be cut 30% over the next decade by:
- Investing $100 million a year to integrate cardiac care in rural primary care facilities
- Increasing access to the right medicines and cardiac surgery
The bottom line: 70,000 lives saved over the next decade.
politicization of science
Stop the Next ‘Sharpiegate’
Seeking to tighten the rules of scientific integrity, a new Biden administration task force convenes for the first time tomorrow.
Its mandate: Investigate political interference back to 2009 in decisions that should have been based on scientific evidence.
The move is seen largely as a response to Trump administration efforts to undermine science—but it also highlights flaws in the scientific integrity system set up under President Obama.
Prominent example: “Sharpiegate.” In 2019, a White House official edited a National Hurricane Center warning to indicate danger in Alabama, aligning with President Trump’s comments and contradicting meteorologists.
Annual screening for ovarian cancer does not save lives, study finds – The Guardian
Scientists unveil new Ebola virus vaccine design – News-Medical.Net
MSF: Governments must support UN resolution on diabetes and insulin access – Médecins Sans Frontières
When Racism Waits along the Academic Path – Scientific American (commentary)
Re-Imagining The Asylum System: Recommendations From Asylum Medicine Experts – Health Affairs
Residential coal use in China results in many premature deaths, models indicate – American Chemical Society
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is spreading from people to chimpanzees – World Economic Forum
CDC study shows rise in resistant Salmonella infections – CIDRAP
Damage to a Protective Shield around the Brain May Lead to Alzheimer’s and Other Diseases – Scientific American
A mysterious, devastating brain disorder is afflicting dozens in one Canadian province – The Washington Post
Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel – The New York Times