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UK's Johnson urges global effort at vaccine summit

UK’s Johnson urges global effort at vaccine summit

London (AFP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for a “new era of global health co-operation” as he prepared to host a vaccine fundraising summit on Thursday under the shadow of coronavirus.

The virtual meeting aims to raise $7.4 billion for immunisation programmes stalled by the pandemic, and will see the launch of a new fundraising drive to support potential COVID-19 vaccines.

“I hope this summit will be the moment when the world comes together to unite humanity in the fight against disease,” Johnson said in a statement.

The British leader added he hoped it would “inaugurate a new era of global health co-operation, which I believe is now the most essential shared endeavour of our lifetimes”.

More than 50 countries are taking part in Thursday’s meeting, as well as individuals such as philanthropist Bill Gates, and will raise funds for Gavi, the vaccine alliance.

Over the next five

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A global mental health summit

A global mental health summit

Deepak Chopra is hosting a free, 3-day global mental health summit. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the Water)
Deepak Chopra is hosting a free, 3-day global mental health summit. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the Water)

In the face of the pandemic crisis, there is a great opportunity. It is open to everyone, and it is free. We invite you, your family and friends to this healing experience. If you want to find your inner strength, peace, and the end of anxiety, please sign up here to attend the Never Alone Summit, a free global mental health event. 

In the 3-day summit, you will discover the inner breakthroughs that we all need to get past the mental pain and suffering that the pandemic brings in its wake.

At this moment, some people have already found a creative way to move forward. They do not feel trapped, because they welcome the chance to put their everyday life on pause. Small opportunities are all around us, to

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Global death toll from coronavirus surpasses 200,000

Global death toll from coronavirus surpasses 200,000

ATLANTA (AP) — As the global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 200,000 on Saturday, countries took cautious steps toward easing some lockdowns, while fears of infection made even some pandemic-wounded businesses reluctant to reopen.

The states of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska started loosening restrictions on businesses despite warnings from experts that such steps might be coming too soon. Some owners said they weren’t yet ready to reopen or were doing so only on a limited basis, worried about a second surge of COVID-19 infections.

“We’ve sacrificed so much already,” said Shawn Gingrich, CEO and founder of Lion’s Den Fitness, who decided after the Georgia governor’s announcement that he would not be reopening his Atlanta gym right away. “I feel like if we do this too soon, we’ll see a spike in cases and we’re back to square one.”

The worldwide death toll topped 200,000, according to a tally compiled

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What It's Like Being A Doctor At The Sharp End Of A Global Pandemic

What It’s Like Being A Doctor At The Sharp End Of A Global Pandemic

The hardest thing I ever did as an intensive care doctor was knocking on a door. In 2018 I visited the family of a patient I had cared for a decade earlier. Chris died just days after blowing out the candles on his 18th birthday cake. He’d had sepsis, and had spent over six weeks in intensive care.

He was the reason I chose to work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Healthcare workers often talk about those they ‘carry’: patients or families that stay with us over the course of a career. Chris has stayed with me.

COVID has brought new memories for us all to carry. In a decade’s time, I’ll remember not only knocking on that door but also pressing the rubber keys on a phone. I chose intensive care as a medical speciality because I wanted to think as well as to act. Now I realise

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How Having A Son With Schizophrenia Prepared Me For A Global Pandemic

How Having A Son With Schizophrenia Prepared Me For A Global Pandemic

Having a child with serious mental illness is an exercise in loss and grief with no equal because it holds a particular irony … they are here, but they are gone at the same time. We do not have the closure of mourning, as with a death. They are lost to us and at the same time right in front of our eyes. Having a child with serious mental illness is like standing at the shore of a vast ocean you will never be able to enter.

But it is other things as well. It’s profound. It is shockingly beautiful, sometimes. And I know this isn’t politically correct, but sometimes it is really funny. We have to search meticulously for the joy, but it also can be found. The most stunning aspect is the constant uncertainty that will color the rest of my life. We are at the mercy of

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Global Platform Shares How Coronavirus Affects Pediatric Cancer Treatment

A group of 24 clinicians from 14 countries gathered at the beginning of March for an annual St. Jude Global course on infection care and prevention, adjusting their final two days to focus on the novel coronavirus, which had been bubbling up since December.

As they shared best practices and examined the latest information on the virus’ impact on their young patients, an idea formed to provide a platform that would educate and connect health care providers around the world to share how the COVID-19 disease affects the treatment of children with cancer.

Thus, the Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer was created as a global pediatric cancer and COVID-19 registry, resource and collaboration space. So far, close to 300 providers from multiple countries, including Italy, Spain and China, have connected to the platform since its launch mid-April, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, director of St. Jude Global, tells

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How Global Citizen Is Making Superstar Music Live-Streams a Daily Phenomenon

How Global Citizen Is Making Superstar Music Live-Streams a Daily Phenomenon

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If you’re a big music fan, there’s a good chance you’ve seen more live music in the last week or two than you have in months. That’s if we put “live” in quotes, anyhow, and allow it to apply to the sudden phenomenon of pop-up web concerts that have replaced the local venue experience in the brief time since every stadium, theater and club in the country got shut down due to the pandemic.

While hundreds of artists have independently taken to their own social media accounts to connect with fans with acoustic performances, the vast majority of live-streams from big-name artists since March 16 have fallen under a single banner — that of the Global Citizen organization’s “Together at Home” program. In just nine days, Global Citizen has sponsored about 30 real-time performances by the likes of John Legend, Chris Martin, Jennifer

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Amid global pandemic, global on-the-fly innovation in some hospitals

Amid global pandemic, global on-the-fly innovation in some hospitals

With hospitals fighting over limited supplies of equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic, some doctors and nurses working in the most sensitive settings are getting creative to protect themselves and their teams from the deadly disease, and finding help from an idea hatched half a world away.

ABC News previously reported on some hospitals using baby monitors to check in on their patients while limiting their exposure, and now some critical care workers said they are innovating again to solve a particularly tricky problem: how to intubate and extubate coronavirus patients — meaning inserting a tube down a sedated patient’s throat to give them oxygen and later removing it — while still shielding themselves from exposure to the virus.

“During intubation and especially extubation, COVID-19 virus particles can become aerosolized and easily inhaled by the anesthesiologist, respiratory therapist, or nurse who are very close to the airway,” Dr. Bryce Austell,

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Bill Gates has been warning of a global health threat for years. Here are 11 people who seemingly predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

Bill Gates has been warning of a global health threat for years. Here are 11 people who seemingly predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

Bill Gates has previously said the world needs to prepare for a pandemic the way it prepares for war.
Bill Gates has previously said the world needs to prepare for a pandemic the way it prepares for war.

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History has proven that worldwide diseases are inevitable.

There was the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed at least 50 million people, or one-third of the world’s population at the time. The 20th century also saw outbreaks of Ebola and Nipah virus. And in the 2000s, SARS and MERS hit nearly 30 countries each.

Now, COVID-19, the disease that can result from the coronavirus pandemic, is spreading across the globe. While it has a lower fatality rate than the last four aforementioned diseases above, it has spread to many more countries and has infected thousands more people.

But some people have seen such a pandemic coming. Bill Gates has been warning of a pandemic for years, as have notable disease and flu experts. Former White House officials have also previously

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Southern Europe strains under pandemic as global toll passes 10,000

Southern Europe strains under pandemic as global toll passes 10,000

Southern Europe is buckling under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic, with patients filling the wards of hospitals in Spain and Italy as the global death toll passed 10,000 people.

The World Health Organisation noted the dramatic speed of the virus’s spread, saying: “It took over three months to reach the first 10,000 confirmed cases, and only 12 days to reach the next 100,000.”

The WHO released new protocols to help countries identify the extent of Covid-19 infection among their populations, which age groups are most affected and the percentage of people who are infected without symptoms.

Italy recorded its highest day-to-day rise in the number of deaths on Friday, at 627, and in Bergamo, the epicentre in Italy, cemeteries were overwhelmed. Video from inside the city’s main hospital showed patients lined up in a narrow ward, struggling for breath as doctors and nurses moved from one beeping machine to

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