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The next pandemic is already happening – targeted disease surveillance can help prevent it

Sustained surveillance for disease outbreaks at global hot spots may be the key to preventing the next pandemic. MR.Cole_Photographer/Getty Images Maureen Miller, Columbia University As more and more people around the world are getting vaccinated, one can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. But the next pandemic threat is likely already making its way through the population right now. …

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COVID-19: what happens if some countries don’t vaccinate?

A nurse holds a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Jorge Guerrero/AFP via Getty Images Ahmed Kalebi, University of Nairobi Some countries, such as Tanzania and Madagascar, have issued statements saying they do not have plans to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19. Moina Spooner, an editor with The Conversation Africa, asked pathology expert Dr Ahmed Kalebi to unpack what this …

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Some legislatures have held governments to account during COVID-19. But not all

Brazil’s Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello at a press conference about the distribution of nearly 6 million doses of a vaccine. Photo by Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham and Rebecca Gordon, University of Birmingham The coronavirus pandemic has gone hand-in-hand with considerable democratic backsliding. According to a new study, democratic freedoms were undermined in 83 countries from March …

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The cold supply chain can’t reach everywhere – that’s a big problem for equitable COVID-19 vaccination

Getting vaccines to rural and hard-to-reach areas is critical for public health and ethical reasons. Hector Roqueta Rivero/Moment via Getty Images Timothy Ford, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Charles M. Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst To mitigate health inequities and promote social justice, coronavirus vaccines need to get to underserved populations and hard-to-reach communities. There are few places in the …

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Why most food labels are wrong about calories

OK you can trust this food label. But calories? Forget it. Bryan Kennedy, CC BY-NC Richard Wrangham, Harvard University and Rachel Carmody, Harvard University Looks so official and definitive…. FDA Food labels seem to provide all the information a thoughtful consumer needs, so counting calories should be simple. But things get tricky because food labels tell only half the story. …

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La vacuna contra la covid-19 no debe ser obligatoria

Shutterstock / Ivi Lichi Iñigo De Miguel Beriain, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Las vacunas contra la covid-19 ya están llamando a la puerta. En breve, será posible empezar a distribuirlas. A partir de ese momento, será perentorio responder a una pregunta compleja: ¿deberíamos introducirlas a través de políticas de vacunación obligatoria? La propuesta es tentadora. Las …

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Oxford vaccine results are in: here’s how to ensure it is used

Tom Solomon, University of Liverpool The Oxford vaccine – developed in partnership with AstraZeneca – stops 70% of people developing COVID symptoms. And, depending on how the doses are given, may even protect up to 90% of people. This follows recent announcements from Pfizer and from Moderna that their vaccines provide greater than 90% efficacy. The positive news about COVID-19 …

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Major new study unveils complexity and vast diversity of Africa’s genetic variation

GettyImages. Zané Lombard, University of the Witwatersrand Africa is the cradle of humankind. All humans are descendants from this common pool of ancestors. Africa and its multitude of ethnolinguistic groups are therefore fundamental to learning more about humankind and our origins. A human genome refers to the complete set of genetic information found in a human cell. We inherit our …

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