Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 9 of 2021.


On this Women’s Day, a shout out to all the women breaking glass ceilings everywhere, and especially in healthcare and public heatlh.

Read about the women breaking the glass vial at the forefront of COVID-19 vaccines across the world.


This timely Nature editorial calls for “systems for assessing scientists’ work must properly account for a lost year of research – especially for female researchers.”


A meta analysis of over 400 serologic studies published in the Lancet tells us “Antibody-mediated herd immunity is far from being reached in most settings.”

“The relatively low prevalence of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies among general populations suggests that most populations examined have not been infected, and herd immunity is far from being achieved in most settings. The general low quality of most of the existing seroprevalence studies indicates the effect of differences in study design, laboratory methods, and outcome adjustment on the interpretability of serological studies of human infections with SARS-CoV-2. Therefore, international collaborations to standardise serological survey and laboratory methods are urgently required.”

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