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COVID-19 Pandemic Global Health

The death toll of COVID-19 pandemic reached 5 million people today

The global death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic reached 5 million people today, roughly under 2 years since first identification of novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (https://time.com/6112287/5-million-covid-deaths/). The pandemic is still not over until it is over everywhere.

The U.S., European Union, Britain and Brazil account for one-eighth of the global population, but almost half of reported deaths from the coronavirus. For example, US leads the world in the number of confirmed deaths from the virus with more than 745,800 people dead from COVID-19, then Brazil (with more than 607,000 deaths) and India (with more than 450,000 deaths) [https://www.npr.org/2021/11/01/1051020063/the-covid-19-pandemic-has-killed-5-million-people-globally].

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Crisis Global Health Research

What role does corruption play in worsening so-called ‘natural disasters’?

What role does corruption play in worsening so-called ‘natural disasters’? (Hint – there are no natural disasters!) With recent “bomb cyclone,” natural hazards could create disasters but in many cases, corruption in development and infrastructure exacerbate the situation with buildings and houses that collapse (which shouldn’t).

Colleagues and I from UNSW, UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, Harvard Medical School, & SEEDS explored this question while systematically reviewing the academic literature concerning the degree to which corruption worsens naturally-triggered disasters in the built environment. The early view of our research is now published at Wiley ODI Disasters scientific journal (link).

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COVID-19 Pandemic Global Health

British Columbia released New Vaccine Passport Program

Are you using vaccine card or digital vaccine passport where you live?

More and more cities and regions are opting into using technology with vaccine passports. British Columbia, Canada just released its new program requiring people to show in order to enter non-essential business activities. There are plans in Alberta, Canada to create a proof of vaccination card and QR code coming soon in upcoming weeks, as well.

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Crisis Global Health Public Health Research

2021 Conflict Research Society’s annual conference presentation

Yesterday, our paper addressing how disaster risk in conflict areas can be reduced to meet United Nations Sendai Framework disaster risk reduction priorities was presented at Conflict Research Society’s annual conference.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Global Health Mental Health

Latest rankings by Bloomberg News of Best and Worst Places to Be

Have you considered moving during the COVID-19 pandemic due to your local government’s response and/or local community’s caseload? Will FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech SE vaccine play a factor in the shift of US?

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COVID-19 Pandemic Global Health Public Health Research

Third dose of COVID-19 shot?

COVID-19 vaccines are working to protect against death along with some protection against hospitalization and mild infections. The latter protections seem to be declining in effectiveness plus Delta variant (and Lamba variant) are some of the reasons why US announce approval of a third shot (dose) for US population at 8 months or later after receiving the first two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech SE & Moderna.

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Global Health

World Health Day Clubhouse Room Event Schedule

Start Time: Wed 12am GMT / End Time: Thurs 1am GMT

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12amChidi Nwankpa (@chidnwankpa), Tamsin Meekel & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel)Impacting Global Health Through CH #WHD2021
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2amAshley Allison (@MsAshleyIndira)Quality for All? Racism and Inequity in Healthcare #WHD2021
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2pmSam Lippolis (@samiamlip) & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel) [Collaboration w/ @MedTechClub]Weekly Connections in Global Health: Changemakers & VCs #WHD2021 
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4pmDonna Patterson (@PharmacySenegal)Global Response to COVID in Different Regions – Are we meeting our goals? #WHD2021
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6pmGrace Gabagaya (@DrG_Omukali)Vaccine Equity in a Fairer and Healthier World #WHD2021
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8pmTan Rasab (@sigenexinc) & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel)Side effects of focusing all health on COVID #WHD2021
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10pmZabin Patel (zabinsp), Aqsa Suleman (@aqsa_sz) & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel)Should decolonization of Global Health happen? #WHD2021
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12amMaria Eduarda Mesquita (@Duda_Mesquita) & Lucas Ponte (@Lucaspontelol)Surgery as Solution for Universal Health Coverage? #WHD2021
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World TB Day – March 24, 2021

1.4 million people with tuberculosis, lost out on treatment during first year of COVID-19 pandemic, according to World Health Organization.

Today is World TB Day. Observed on 24 March each year, the goal is to raise awareness and understanding about one of the world’s top infectious killers and catalyze action to address its devastating health, social, and economic impact around the world.