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‘The No. 1’ public health issue

“…The difference between emergency authorization and full approval matters. Right now, the military, schools and other organizations cannot easily require vaccinations. The “lack of F.D.A. licensure leave schools, colleges, businesses in a legal quandary…..If we got F.D.A. approval, we could get another 20 million vaccinated…[estimated].’


1. Southeast Asian Countries Struggle To Contain A Devastating Third Wave Of COVID-19 (NPR) A devastating third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is hitting several countries in Southeast Asia as the delta variant takes hold in the region, leading to record levels of infections and death. Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand had avoided such largescale outbreaks previously. Now, they’re struggling to contain fresh outbreaks, even as Indonesia and Myanmar are battling low vaccination rates, limited oxygen supplies and overcrowded hospitals. Health care experts say health care systems in both countries are on the brink of collapse.

2. Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy (Nature Medicine) We analyze COVID-19 vaccine acceptance across 15 survey samples covering 10 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, Africa and South America, Russia (an upper-middle-income country) and the United States, including a total of 44,260 individuals. We find considerably higher willingness to take a COVID-19 vaccine in our LMIC samples (mean 80.3%; median 78%; range 30.1 percentage points) compared with the United States (mean 64.6%) and Russia (mean 30.4%). Vaccine acceptance in LMICs is primarily explained by an interest in personal protection against COVID-19, while concern about side effects is the most common reason for hesitancy. Health workers are the most trusted sources of guidance about COVID-19 vaccines.


US Surgeon General Issues Advisory During COVID-19 Vaccination Push Warning American Public About Threat of Health Misinformation US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is issuing the first Surgeon General’s Advisory of this Administration to warn the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation. Health misinformation, including disinformation, have threatened the US response to COVID-19 and continue to prevent Americans from getting vaccinated, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk, and the advisory encourages technology and social media companies to take more responsibility to stop online spread of health misinformation. (HHS, 7/15/2021)

4. France mandates Covid health pass for restaurants and cafés

(J. Harris: Wow.)


Will the COVID-19 crisis catalyse universal health reforms?

“The historian Walter Scheidel has argued that reductions in inequality have often emerged after war, revolution, state collapse, and plague.1 On July 12, 2021, there were more than 4 million deaths from COVID-19 globally.2 The disproportionate and unequal impact of COVID-19 on populations has brought renewed attention to deep inequalities. Will the impacts of COVID-19 galvanise efforts to reduce inequality?”

(J. Harris: Good quick read without much speculation about the USA.)

From Reuters:




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