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News Scan for Jan 29, 2021

Study: Vaccinating against 10 diseases will prevent 69 million deaths A modeling study published yesterday in The Lancet estimates that vaccination against 10 diseases from 2000 to 2030 will prevent 69 million vaccine-preventable deaths (VPDs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The study suggests that a baby born in 2019 in 98 LMICs countries will

COVID-19 Scan for Jan 29, 2021

COVID inflammatory syndrome in kids ranges from mild to life-threatening An international survey of 183 pediatric patients with the rare but serious COVID-19–related multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) shows broad clinical presentations, from mild illness featuring fever and inflammation to life-threatening shock similar to that of Kawasaki disease (KD). The study, led by researchers

Report spotlights drug firms’ supply chain initiatives, hurdles in LMICs

The almost yearly Access to Medicine Index measures the 20 behemoths of the pharmaceutical industry, encapsulating 70% of global pharmaceutical revenues. However, the report doesn’t look at the bottom line: It looks at medicine accessibility in low- and middle-income companies (LMICs), and—as with everything in the past year—COVID-19 made its mark, demanding supply chain innovation

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jan 27, 2021

Groups criticize One Health Certified food label over antibiotic use standards A coalition of animal welfare, public health, environmental, and consumer organizations is speaking out against use of the One Health Certified (OHC) label on chicken and turkey products, claiming the standards behind the label don’t protect against overuse of medically important antibiotics in food-producing

News Scan for Jan 26, 2021

Rift Valley fever outbreak reported in Kenya A Rift Valley fever (RVF) outbreak in Kenya that began in the middle of November has led to 21 infections, 9 of them fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said yesterday in its weekly outbreaks and health emergencies report. All of the patients are male

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