Health

14.05.2020

Coronavirus vaccine search: how we’re preparing to make enough for the whole world

Coronavirus vaccine search: how we’re preparing to make enough for the whole world

There are 102 candidate vaccines being explored as a means of ending the COVID-19 pandemic, as of April 30. Eight of these have already made it to clinical trials in humans, and another 94 are in the pre-clinical evaluation stage. These candidates also fall into eight different categories of… »

12.05.2020

Women Taking Charge during COVID-19

Women Taking Charge during COVID-19

By Fairuz Ahmed As the COVID-19 mayhem carries on in most countries, the role of mothers, daughters, and female caregivers have been affected the most. Besides looking after the household and home schooling children, they are also working on the front lines, actively or… »

12.05.2020

FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

Heavy rains favour reproduction, second wave of locusts expected during upcoming harvest The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, said today that significant gains had been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen. He stressed, however,… »

10.05.2020

What’s happening in Belarus, the only European country to not adopt social distancing

What’s happening in Belarus, the only European country to not adopt social distancing

In power for 26 years, president Lukashenko pokes fun at the risks of Covid-19 while trying to preserve the economy Praveen S. – Brasil de Fato Belarus is the only European country that did not adopt any social distancing measures during the pandemic. As of Saturday May 2nd, the country… »

09.05.2020

Coronavirus: EU urges closing external borders until mid-June

Coronavirus: EU urges closing external borders until mid-June

The European Commission has called on EU member states to uphold travel bans on non-essential travel to the bloc. EU officials also said priority must be given to restoring frictionless travel within the bloc. The European Commission on Friday recommended extending travel restrictions for non-EU nationals at the bloc’s external… »

08.05.2020

Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs?

Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs?

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide approaches 4 million and the pandemic could be with us for months or years, we look at who can access drugs like Remdesivir, being developed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which has the patent for the drug and is poised to make massive profits. »

07.05.2020

Interview with Professor Zhang, regarding the Chinese care of COVID-19

Interview with Professor Zhang, regarding the Chinese care of COVID-19

We had the chance to interview Professor Zhang, who is working in Infection Department at the Health System in the city of Chongqing, China, in order to consult him, as an expert and part of the team helping Hubei Province, about the most important measures that were implemented in China… »

07.05.2020

FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19

FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19

Refugees and displaced people living in camps are amongst the most vulnerable communities across the world and more likely to catch COVID-19 than others, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, an isolation centre has been built to provide health care to Rohingya… »

07.05.2020

New ‘Alarming’ Research Shows Nearly 1 in 5 Children in US Going Without Enough Food Amid Coronavirus Crisis

New ‘Alarming’ Research Shows Nearly 1 in 5 Children in US Going Without Enough Food Amid Coronavirus Crisis

“Child and household food insecurity are off the charts.” By Eoin Higgins, staff writer – Common Dreams The economic crisis that has come in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak has left nearly a fifth of children in the U.S. without enough food, according to new research from the Hamilton Project,… »

06.05.2020

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

Should you wear a face mask when you leave your house? It’s the question no one seems to agree on. In France, the government originally said masks were unnecessary, but this week has made it mandatory to wear them on public transport and in secondary schools and is distributing… »

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