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Definition of COVID-19 death and its importance from a public health standpoint

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talk about how a clear definition of a COVID-19-related death is essential for good public health policy

Omicron subvariants 2 Omicron subvariants can escape immunity from previous infection, vaccines

A new study discovered that unvaccinated participants showed an eightfold decrease in antibody production when exposed to BA.4 and BA.5

80% of rural African population lack safely managed drinking water

UNICEF and WHO reported that the SDG target of universal access to safely managed drinking water will not be met in Africa, barring major changes

Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine Ukrainian government refuses Russia’s offer to evacuate civilians trapped in war zones as humanitarian situation worsens

Russia renewed its ceasefire offer on March 8 after Ukraine refused a similar offer on Monday to provide a humanitarian corridor for millions of Ukrainians stranded inside war zones in Kiev, Kharkiv, Mariupol and other major cities  

US police monitored journalists, activists after George Floyd’s murder and other stories

Today we look at an investigation into police surveillance of activists in the US, the trial of 3 former health ministers for mass forced sterilizations in Peru and more

Africa covid As vaccinations lag behind, COVID-19 cases exceed 9.2 million in Africa

To understand the systemic issues hampering Africa’s efforts against the pandemic, Peoples Dispatch interviewed Dr. Ahmed Kalebi, president of the East African Division of International Academy of Pathology (IAP), and members of the People’s Health Movement, Prof. Leslie London and senior lecturer Lauren Paremoer from the University of Cape Town

Impact of COVID-19 COVID-19-related health care expenditure pushed over half billion people into poverty in 2020, say WHO, World Bank   

The numbers are still rising as governments across the world have failed to create vibrant public health care systems and have left the poor and vulnerable to fend for themselves 

There’s a nonsensical propaganda campaign to make China look bad in Uganda

Despite strident denials by both Ugandan and Chinese officials, an misinformation campaign is being carried out which alleges that Chinese authorities are going to take control of the Entebbe International Airport due to a loan default

WHO members states agree to form global treaty on pandemic response and other stories

Today we look at the WHO session on a global pandemic treaty, an IACHR ruling on the death of an El Salvadoran woman who was jailed after a miscarriage, and more

Afghanistan economy UN warns of economic collapse in Afghanistan

Several agencies including the UNDP have noted that if the current situation continues, all basic services will collapse and almost all Afghans will fall below the poverty line by next year

WHO asks rich countries to stop booster dose program to enable greater vaccine supply to poorer countries

Some countries have already vaccinated more than half of their population, whereas vaccination has just begun in many countries. WHO argues that the gap in the level of immunization among the rich and poor countries could cause the emergence of newer mutant strains

SOFI report Hunger In 2020, rise in number of those affected by chronic hunger was more than last 5 years combined

The report underlines the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and conflicts as the major reasons for rising hunger in the world. It asks countries to increase social spending, end conflicts, and transform agriculture to let people grow what they can eat

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