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Have older people in low & middle income countries borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic?

On 29 June 2021 the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs holds a webinar with an international panel of experts to debate the impact of COVID-19 on older people in low & middle income countries. I will be co-facilitating the discussion along with UN Inter-regional Adviser John O’Toole. To see the speakers and agenda click here. To register click here.

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Working with WHO to support COVID-19 pandemic response in East Asia

At the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 there was an outbreak of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan caused by a new virus. This signalled the start of the deadliest and most severe infectious disease crisis in living memory. Nothing has been the same since. I spent a month working on the COVID-19 response with the risk communication team in WHO headquarters in Geneva in February 2020. Since March 2020, though, I have been working with WHO teams at country-level: first in Lao PDR and then in the Philippines. I have not had much time to write a blog but I am posting some stories from the field on my social media channels on Facebook and LinkedIn. Please feel free to comment on or share my posts.

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EU proposal for vaccines cooperation: template for future pharma policy or dead end?

Image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Public Health Image Library (PHIL),

A proposal for increasing EU cooperation on vaccination, published by the European Commission on 26 April, contains some surprisingly ambitious ideas. The stated aim of proposal is to foster a levelling upwards of vaccination coverage so that, in the words of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, “no child anywhere in the EU dies of a vaccine preventable disease”.

Read my blog on this for Cambre Associates