2021 PUBLIC HEALTH STORIES #41

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 41 of 2021.

I.

A long (151 page) report on UK’s pandemic management is a must read for anyone interested in disaster response and public health emergency management.

“This report lays bare the failings of the U.K. government to contain Covid, including delayed border measures, nonexistent testing for weeks, lack of P.P.E. for frontline workers and a late lockdown,” said Devi Sridhar, the head of the global public health program at the University of Edinburgh. “Hopefully, lessons will be learned from this.”

II.

Another public health win–we have a malaria vaccine now. Lancet article traces the journey. Also, look at the speed at which COVID vaccine only one in history (Covid) went from pathogen identification to success in < 1 year.

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III.

“Anger — and even rage — at all this may be justified, but deploying only anger will not just obscure the steps we can and should try to take, it will play into the hands of those who’d like to reduce all this to a shouting match.

Instead, we need to develop a realistic, informed and deeply pragmatic approach to our shortcomings without ceding ground to the conspiracists, grifters and demagogues, and without overlooking the historic inequities in health care and weaknesses in our public health infrastructure. It’s not all fair, and it is not a Hollywood ending, but it’s how we can move forward.”

The Newyork Times opinion piece “The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think

Disclaimer: Posts and opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

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