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Old 2020-02-25, 21:08   #71
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o Possibly very bad news: You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus | The Atlantic

o Possibly good news: Moderna ships first batch of its rapid-developed experimental vaccine | CNN
Drugmaker Moderna Inc. has shipped the first batch of its rapidly developed coronavirus vaccine to U.S. government researchers, who will launch the first human tests of whether the experimental shot could help suppress the epidemic originating in China.

Moderna on Monday sent vaccine vials from its Norwood, Mass., manufacturing plant to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Md., the company said. The institute expects by the end of April to start a clinical trial of about 20 to 25 healthy volunteers, testing whether two doses of the shot are safe and induce an immune response likely to protect against infection, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said in an interview. Initial results could become available in July or August.
o Potential Presymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, Zhejiang Province, China, 2020 Emerging Infectious Diseases | CDC

o The ever-so-helpful World Health Organization, apparently concerned that talk of a Coronavirus pandemic might alarm hoi polloi, has decided to retire the word "pandemic" from its official lexicon. So from now, one can discuss, say, "a set of largely overlapping regional outbreaks", but the dreaded P-word is verba non grata. (Or would it be verbus non gratus? Or maybe E pluribus unum? Or possibly Romani ite domum? Latin speakers, please help me out!)

o Interesting op-ed in The Lancet: Facts are not enough (PDF)
[W]e must ask questions usually considered outside the scope of international health. A Public Health Emergency of International Concern gives us a unique opportunity. First, what are the supreme guiding values of global health? Hitherto, the answer has been equity. But, as we have seen from China’s efforts to contain COVID-19, perhaps we should consider liberty an equally fundamental value. Without liberty of expression—for health workers, policy makers, the public, and media—there is no means to forge a common view about the future (including the future health) of a society. Second, how important is the political system for health? Global health is typically agnostic about the kind of political system a country chooses to adopt. Global health and its institutions see health systems as separate—technically, socially, economically—from the political ideologies of nations. This view is not sustainable. We cannot say that the terms of political engagement within a country are irrelevant to our hopes for health. Third, what is prosperity? Conventionally, prosperity means monetary wealth. But could we redefine prosperity to mean something else, something more? Prosperity as the well-being of the community in synchrony with its environment. Fourth, how should we consider the place of the human body in society? How do we better connect the social to the biological? How do we incorporate the world in which we live into our biological selves? Our bodies and the illnesses they express tell stories about our lives. Our task is to uncover those stories and to link them back to our bodies and our health. Fifth, what do we mean by health anyway? Whatever we say about the absence of disease or a state of complete wellbeing, the idea of health is also related to our sense of what our lives have been and what they might be in the future. Isn’t health contingent on the purpose we envision for our life, and the possibilities we have for enacting that purpose? In other words, isn’t health also about our capacity to achieve meaning in our lives?
Here in the US, with its profoundly broken - but oh so profitable for the corporate for-profit breakers - healthcare system, perhaps the Cornavirus pandemic will help bring into much sharper focus the huge stakes in the Medicare For All debate going on in the run-up to this November's presidential election. As with the "common wisdom" about the "lifts all boats" benefits of a globalized economy and rich countries offshoring all their nasty, dirty "making stuff" industries to low-wage/low-environmental-standards which has resulted in the very extended supply chains whose vulnerability is being exposed by the current viral outbreak, perhaps reframing universal healthcare not just as a social justice imperative but as a national-security one will help.

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