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More Than 1,000 CDC Officials Ask: Why Bench the CDC During a Pandemic? – Gizmodo Australia

In an open letter published this week, 1,044 former and current officers of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, a re…

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In an open letter published this week, 1,044 former and current officers of the Centres for Disease Control and Preventions Epidemic Intelligence Service, a renowned fellowship program that focuses on research and emergency response, expressed concern over the diminished role of the public health agency during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter had one clear demand: Take the CDC off the bench.
The letter, published in the journal Epidemiology Monitor, was written by physicians, nurses, scien…

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France sees highest number of Covid-19 patients going into hospital since April – FRANCE 24 English

French hospitals registered 1,307 new coronavirus patients on Monday in the highest one-day increase since April 2, which saw 1,607 new patients, as the health…

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French hospitals registered 1,307 new coronavirus patients on Monday in the highest one-day increase since April 2, which saw 1,607 new patients, as the health system comes under increasing stress from a runaway infection rate.
French health ministry data showed that the country now has a total of 17,784 coronavirus patients in its hospitals, compared with a record 32,292 on April 14, at the height of the gruelling eight-week lockdown in the spring.
The ministry also reported 26,771 new confirmed…

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New coronavirus hotspots mapped in West Midlands – full list and latest figures – Birmingham Live

Latest data from Public Health England reveals that new areas of alarmingly high infection rates are emerging in and around Birmingham

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New coronavirus hotspots have emerged in and around Birmingham in the latest data from Public Health England.
For Birmingham local authority area as a whole, the most recent figures – released on Monday – showed an R rate of 260.5 per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 19, up from 213.1 for the previous seven-day period.
And within the city, Public Health England’s map of England has been showing Birmingham’s hotspots as Selly Oak, and Edgbaston South & University. These are not council…

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Virus rebel Professor Edward Holmes named NSW Scientist of the Year – Sydney Morning Herald

The man who first published the genome sequence of the coronavirus for the world to see has been named NSW Scientist of the Year.

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“In the great scheme of things, I am extraordinarily lucky to have a job, when a lot of people are really struggling right now,” he said.
Setting loose the virus code
Holmes is quick to point out that it was his colleague, Professor Yong-Zhen Zhang at Fudan University in China, who initially sequenced the SARS-CoV-2 genome code on January 5.
“I helped him work out what it meant,” Professor Holmes said.
But Chinese authorities had told them all not to publish, Professor Holmes said.
“I think they…

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