2022 Public health stories #7

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 7 of 2022.

I.

Today 2.7 billion people have yet to receive their first vaccine shot against COVID-19. Article on “Mapping the unvaccinated world” here.

II.

“When questions for science (“how many lives can we save by doing X?”) clash with questions for democracy and governance (“how much value is a life worth?”), health officials necessarily defer to the governors, mayors, and others who appointed them and who were duly elected to manage the tradeoff between lives and livelihoods for the millions of people under their governance. But what if we elected our health officials, just as we do other public safety officials (e.g., judges, attorneys general, sheriffs) in many cities and states?”

A very interesting and thought provoking article from Dr Jay Verma. Read it here.

III.

A brilliant The Atlantic article from science writer Katherine Wu

Disease control, when it’s done right, is as much a social undertaking as it is a scientific one. Weak social infrastructures can derail containment and push goals out of reach. But just as neglect can augment burdens, investment can diminish them. “Public health travels at the speed of trust,” Dartmouth’s Sosin told me.

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