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Feb 9 4 tweets 6 min read
Es hat ne Weile gedauert, aber wir sind endlich wieder da mit @pandemiapodcast!
Neues Logo, neue Musik, alte Crew und wie immer tolle Themen und Gäste:
Dieses Mal geht es um #longcovid, #Vogelgrippe #H5N1 und neue #Impfstoffe

@pandemiapodcast Vielen Dank an @C_Scheibenbogen, @florian_krammer, @CorneliaBetsch, @PeacockFlu, Mitchell Warren und vor allem an @marga_owski, die uns einen Einblick in ihr Leben mit #longcovid gewährt hat...
@pandemiapodcast @C_Scheibenbogen @florian_krammer @CorneliaBetsch @PeacockFlu @marga_owski Wir kommen jetzt auch wieder regelmäßiger. Versprochen! Und wir wollen in Zukunft immer auch versuchen, einige Hörerfragen zu beantworten. Also schreibt uns gerne an pandemia@superelektrik.de oder einfach hier bei Twitter...
Im Übrigen ist gleichzeitig mit uns heute das gesamte Label @superelektrik von @nsemak an den Start gegangen und da findet ihr auch noch ein paar andere Sachen zum Hören, zum Beispiel einen neuen Interview Podcast vom großartigen @carlgierstorfer : superelektrik.de

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More from @kakape

Feb 9
Malawi is experiencing the deadliest cholera outbreak in its history with more than 36.000 cases and 1210 deaths.
"With a sharp increase of cases seen over the last month, fears are that the outbreak will continue to worsen without strong interventions."

Tropical storm Ana (Jan 22) and Cyclone Gombe (Mar 22) caused flooding, displaced people and led to the outbreak. "This outbreak, which was initially limited to the Southern Region and the flood-affected areas, has now spread to all the regions and districts in the country"
This is part of a surge in cholera cases worldwide that has led to a shortage in vaccines and to health organisations rationing doses.
I wrote about this here:
Read 4 tweets
Feb 3
The new #mpox situation report ist out from @WHO and it has some interesting data:

Overall 85,449 cases and 89 deaths have been reported globally since the outbreak started last year.

@WHO In the past two weeks 716 cases and 9 deaths were reported.

Most of these cases are in the Americas as are all the deaths (5 in the US, 3 in Peru, 1 in Brazil).

Here is a breakdown of cases for the past week:
@WHO Overall, the outbreak is still predominantly affecting MSM and our sexual networks:
"Among cases with sexual orientation reported, 84% (26,532/31,545) have identified as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men."
Transmission during sex the most reported mode (69%)
Read 9 tweets
Jan 30
On Friday the @WHO's Emergency Committee on #Covid19 met for the 14th time. Their report was just published and they recommend keeping #covid19 as a public health emergency of international concern (#PHEIC) for now:
@WHO But they also say "that the COVID-19 pandemic may be approaching an inflexion point" and recommend that WHO and partners "should develop a proposal for alternative mechanisms to maintain the global and national focus on COVID-19 after the PHEIC is terminated"
@WHO "The Committee also requested the WHO Secretariat to provide an assessment regarding the regulatory implications for developing and authorizing vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics if the PHEIC were to be terminated in the coming months."
Read 5 tweets
Jan 11
The Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution at @WHO just published their rapid risk assessment of the #SARSCoV2 variant #XBB15:
@WHO "Based on its genetic characteristics and early growth rate estimates, XBB.1.5 may contribute to increases in case incidence globally. To date, the overall confidence in the assessment is low as growth advantage estimates are only from one country, the United States of America."
@WHO As usual more questions than answers at this stage of assessing a new variant.
I will save you my usual long thread on living with uncertainty and warning you off people who pretend to have all the answers already.
Instead, here is a rough timeline for crucial studies:
Read 6 tweets
Jan 4
"Now into the fourth year of the pandemic, the world is in a much better place than it was several years ago, due to clinical care management, vaccines and treatments", @DrTedros starts @WHO's first press conference of 2023 acknowledging the progress made.
@DrTedros @WHO "#COVID19 will no doubt still be a major topic of discussion, but I believe and hope that with the right efforts this will be the year the public health emergency officially ends", says @DrTedros acknowledging one of the big questions of 2023: if, when and how the PHEIC will end
@DrTedros @WHO "Despite clear progress, the threat of #COVID19 persists. There are still major inequities in access to testing, treatment and vaccination and ultimately #COVID19 remains a dangerous virus for health economies and societies overall", says @DrTedros (Covid-19 is not the virus!)
Read 7 tweets
Jan 4
"No new variant or mutation of known significance is noted in the publicly available sequence data."

Interesting statement by WHO's Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution which met yesterday to discuss the #covid19 situation in #China:
"The China CDC analysis showed a predominance of Omicron lineages BA.5.2 and BF.7 among locally acquired infections. ...These variants are known and have been circulating in other countries, and at the present time no new variant has been reported by the China CDC."
"Acknowledging the information shared so far, the TAG-VE reiterates the critical need for and importance of additional analysis as well as sharing of sequence data to understand the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and the emergence of concerning mutations or variants"
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