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LIVE: Media briefing on global health issues with @DrTedros…
"I want to start by expressing my deepest condolences to those affected by the earthquakes that hit Türkiye and the Syrian Arab Republic in the early hours of Monday morning."-@DrTedros
"So far almost 8,000 people have died, many thousands more are injured and we know these numbers will climb.
With the weather conditions and ongoing aftershocks, we’re in a race against time to save lives."-@DrTedros
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Partly due to propaganda and disinformation about the safety of vaccines, fewer and fewer parents are having their children vaccinated against diseases included in many national vaccination programmes. Why is this zo important?
Many countries have a national vaccination program that offers vaccinations against some of the most serious and common diseases. High vaccination coverage means a well-protected population against these diseases. With huge benefits for societies.
What does #vaccinationprogram consist of? The program provides the fastest and safest possible protection against diseases that can cause serious damage at a young or older age. It often starts with the first DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV shot at the age of 3 months.
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SARS-CoV-2 in tonsils of asymptomatic children.

Miura, et al Asymptomatic SARS-COV-2 Infection in Children’s Tonsils’. Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology 88 (1 November 2022): 9.…

#SARSCoV2 #tonsils #asymptomatic
And almost twenty years earlier, measles in tonsils of asymptomatic children.…

#measles #tonsils #asymptomatic
Fun to watch the same things come up again and again with respect to each virus/pathogen. 🤷…
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Nearly 4⃣0⃣ million children missed a measles vaccine dose in 2021.

🚨 According to the latest data from WHO & @CDCgov, global progress toward #measles elimination is threatened by major setbacks that started in 2020 during the #COVID19 pandemic.

👉 Measles is preventable through two doeses of a safe and effe
In 2021, 2️⃣2️⃣ countries around the globe experienced large and disruptive outbreaks.

This led to over 9 million estimated #measles cases, and 128 000 deaths.

👉 Illustration of parents holding their babies in their arms.
#Measles is highly contagious and can infect 9 out of 10 unprotected contacts of each case.

A single case can lead to 12 to 18 infections. The global decrease in vaccination rates led to large-scale outbreaks, risking millions of lives.

👉 Illustration of the world.
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I'm still curious why they added measles to the list of quarantine diseases.…
Kind of like when Obama added SARS…
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LIVE NOW: @DrTedros' address at the @WHOAFRO Regional Committee #RC72AFRO ⬇️
"The liberation of #Togo from Dracunculiasis, Human African Trypanosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and trachoma is a stunning achievement that will free many people from the threat of these devastating diseases"-@DrTedros #BeatNTDs #RC72AFRO
@DrTedros "It is very pleasing to see that reported #COVID19 cases and deaths in the @WHOAFRO region are now at their lowest levels since the pandemic began"-@DrTedros #RC72AFRO Image
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UPDATE IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Asked to give update in all infectious diseases (!) for UCSF COVID town hall yesterday. Couldn't do talk justice in 10 minutes but here are 4 main updates in slides
#Monkeypox outbreak epidemiology.
Major #HIV update is how far behind we have fallen in terms of HIV prevention and treatment goals over past 2 years of #COVID. UNAIDS report…
Much work to do for #HIV
Major #polio update is this infection could be eradicated as only animal reservoir is other primates but we have had setbacks due to backsliding in childhood vaccination rates during #covid
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A lot of people do not understand how worrisome the #polio case in NY.

Based on what's been discussed publicly:

-the person with paralytic polio got infected in NY

-the source case in NY has not been found

-for one person to get paralytic polio, it means that 100s were infected, b/c only ~1 in 200 develop paralysis

-since case was detected in early June & weeks have gone on before vax catch-up campaign, likely means 1000s of infections cumulatively to date

-detection in wastewater further supports the fact that many have been infected & are shedding polio virus

-(injectable) polio vax works extremely well at preventing severe disease, but it does not block people from being infected & shedding virus in their feces

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In the greater Horn of Africa, WHO is scaling up its operations to maintain access to health care & help safeguard over 80 million people from a worsening food insecurity crisis & the worst drought in 40 years.

Read more 👉 #WHOimpact Image
In drought-affected #Somalia 🇸🇴, WHO & partners provide necessary assistance to health workers, enabling them to visit 300,000+ households & helping sick children, including those with #measles.

Read more 👉 #WHOimpact Image
World leaders rallied at the 75th World Health Assembly #WHA75 to reform Africa’s health emergency response:

➡️ more investment in health infrastructure
➡️ a dedicated global emergency health workforce
➡️ equitable access to vaccines & more.

More info 👉 Image
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#WorldImmunizationWeek starts today. Play this quiz and test your knowledge about vaccines 👇

Q1: For which virus was the first vaccine successfully created?

Q2: When was the first vaccine successfully administered?

Q3: Vaccines currently protect against how many life-threatening diseases?

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LIVE: Media briefing on #Ukraine, #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "The global increase in #COVID19 cases continues, driven by large outbreaks in Asia and a fresh wave in Europe. Several countries are now seeing their highest death rates since the beginning of the pandemic"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "This reflects the speed with which Omicron spreads, and the heightened risk of death for those who are not vaccinated, especially older people"-@DrTedros #COVID19

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The most burning 🔥 Questions right now:

Will #SARS2 continue to mutate to escape antibody protection? Do we need another booster? If so, what’s the next formula? For example, do we need an Omicron-specific vaccine?
By the time an Omicron-specific vaccine is tested, we won’t have an Omicron wave anymore. So, is there still value in rolling it out? 2/
It all depends on how the SARS2 keep on evolving? The problem is it’s not following a fixed pattern. We know about evolutionary features of two viruses namely #flu and #measles. 3/
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🆕 ✨In recent years, low vaccine coverage has led to an increase in #measles cases in the US and #Europe, even after many countries had previously achieved elimination status.

Read the latest from IHME in @ThinkGlobalHlth ⤵️
In the US, nearly 1,300 #measles cases were recorded in 2019, with the vast majority occurring in tight-knit communities with low vaccination rates.
The #EuropeanUnion saw a nearly fivefold increase ⬆️ in measles since 2015, with 20,000 new cases recorded in 2019 and two nations (the #CzechRepublic & #Greece) losing their elimination status.
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Starting #UnsungHeroesImmuno. Did you know about Onesimus and his knowledge of variolation? 1/
#UnsungHeroesImmuno What about Dr. William Augustus Hinton and his work with syphilis? 2/
#UnsungHeroesImmuno We also have Drs. Louis Tompkins Wright and Jane Cook Wright, a father-daughter pair that changed the field of oncology. 3/
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@DrTedros "Almost 2 million cases of #COVID19 were reported in Europe last week, the most in a single week in that region since the pandemic started.

Almost 27,000 deaths were reported from Europe, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths globally last week"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "#COVID19 is surging in countries with lower vaccination rates in Eastern Europe, but also in countries with some of the world’s highest vaccination rates in Western Europe"-@DrTedros

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While reported #measles cases have fallen compared to previous years, progress toward measles elimination continues to decline and the risk of outbreaks is mounting, according to a 🆕 report from @CDCgov & WHO.

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During 2020, more than 2⃣2⃣ million infants missed their first dose of #measles vaccine - 3⃣ million more than in 2019– creating dangerous conditions for outbreaks of this highly infectious disease to occur.

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Compared with 2019, reported #measles cases decreased by more than 8⃣0⃣% in 2020.

However, measles surveillance also deteriorated, with the lowest number of specimens sent for laboratory testing in over a decade.

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There’s been a lot of discussion recently about #SARSCoV2 #vaccine effectiveness, hospitalisation, and the reason for increasing case numbers, in spite of our high rates of vaccination. This thread will not provide a definitive explanation for the above 1/n
However, I’m hopeful it will provide context to inform the discussion. TL:DR The vaccines are not 100% effective so our current level of uptake – measured across the entire population – will not be sufficient, in isolation, to suppress #SARSCoV2 transmission in the community 2/n
Over the last 18 months, the concept of “herd immunity” has been frequently referenced in public discourse: I prefer, and will use, the term “community level protection (CLP)”, thereby illustrating the concept that immunising the community is capable of 3/n
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Weekend Digest

Name the pathogen.

5 clues

Airborne precautions
Cough, coryza, conjunctivitis
Secondary bacterial pneumonia
Vitamin A deficiency
#VaccinesWork Image
#Measles #morbillivirus
Single stranded RNA virus

Humans are the only known natural hosts for the virus

Disease: measles

Fever, malaise
Cough, #coryza, conjunctivitis
Enanthem: #Koplik spots

Exanthem: erythematous maculopapular blanching (#morbilliform) rash; cephalocaudal spread; generally spares palm and soles
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Due to the #COVID19 pandemic, 2⃣3⃣ million children 👦👧 missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization services in 2020, increasing by 3.7 million and the highest number since 2009.

More data from WHO & @UNICEF 👉
Without high childhood vaccination rates, countries face risks of multiple disease outbreaks. Spread of diseases like #measles, polio or meningitis could be catastrophic for countries already battling #COVID19.

👉 #VaccinesWork
Up to 1⃣7⃣ million children likely did not receive a single vaccine during last year.

Most of these children 👧👦 live in conflicted-affected communities, slum areas or under-served remote places. 👉
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A gist of what Dr #Fauci said last night in a Zoom chat abt #COVID19 & #science organised by @niemanfdn
A thread:
Asymptomatic transmission has been most worrying when it comes to the #pandemic. Interested to understand long #Covid going forward, the profound impact it can have.
#Science is a self corrected process but had been interpreted as flip-flopping. If you don't evolve with data you're doing something wrong.
People should not confuse #socialmedia for media which has no quality control. Classic #journalism hasn't changed. We are looking at a battle between distorters and truth-tellers.
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"Globally, the #COVID19 pandemic continues to intensify. Cases have now increased for the 9th straight week, & deaths have increased for the 6th straight week. To put it in perspective, there were almost as many cases 🌍 last week as in the 1st 5 months of the pandemic"-@DrTedros
"It’s pleasing to see small declines in cases and deaths in several regions, but many countries are still experiencing intense #COVID19 transmission, and the situation in #India is beyond heartbreaking"-@DrTedros #InThisTogether
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While immunization services begin slow recovery from #COVID19, millions of children around the 🌍🌏🌎 remain vulnerable to deadly diseases.

More info 👉
According to WHO data, 6⃣0⃣ mass immunization campaigns are currently postponed in 5⃣0⃣ countries, putting around 2⃣2⃣8⃣ million people - mostly children - at risk for diseases such as #measles, #YellowFever and #polio.

More info 👉
To support the recovery from #COVID19 and to fight future pandemics, we must ensure access to lifesaving vaccines and routine vaccination services are protected in every country in the 🌎🌏🌍.

More info 👉
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