science journalist. molecular biologist. curious. Contributing Correspondent at @sciencemagazine, reporting on #covid19. Interested in all things #blue
I’m really struggling with this idea of a race to vaccinate everyone HERE now. Yes, we all want vaccine asap. But while we are discussing how soon we can immunize everyone in Germany or the US, health workers are dying in countries with zero doses so far.
In Zimbabwe, one of the top doctors and HIV/AIDS researchers, James Hakim, died in late January.
As his colleague and former student Leolin Katsidzira told me: "people like James are people who keep the system going”.
Here is one of many tributes: kcl.ac.uk/news/tribute-t…
Hakim’s death came within hours of the death of David Katzenstein, another important HIV/AIDS researcher and voice for global health, in the same hospital in Harare.
Here is a good piece on him and his work:
I talked to Emilia Noormahomed in Mozambique who told me about recent deaths there: An anesthesiologist, a gastroenterologist, a urologist. And two young general care physicians, who were not even 30 yet. It was heartbreaking.
These are just examples of what the continent is losing, what the world is losing.
More than 180 million doses have been given. The US is administering more than a million doses A DAY.
And look at sub-Saharan Africa on this map
And while every death is a tragedy, losing a health care worker in a place like Zimbabwe or Mozambique, where health care is stretched sooo thin, has much bigger effects than in the US or Germany. As @ashishkjha told me: “It will literally take an entire generation to rebuild”.
@ashishkjha As @DrTedros said recently: "The world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure”.
And it’s not just about vaccines, it’s about therapeutics like tocilizumab, it's about ventilators, oxygen, masks.
@ashishkjha @DrTedros Has the US done enough?
Robert Schooley told me: “We have worked with our counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa for 20 years to try to help them build a more resilient health care infrastructure and we’re sitting on our hands watching that be torn apart by the coronavirus.”
@ashishkjha @DrTedros But this isn't really about what the US has done or Germany, or even about Africa. It’s about the simple fact that we are dealing with a pandemic, a global catastrophe, and the smartest, fastest, and yes, most decent way out of it is to always think globally while acting locally.
@kakape @MarcBaguelin Surely we need a % guide. Once all over 50s, HCW and other high risk are vaccinated, we should send / divert x% per day to places it will do more good. Not sure it's realistic that x=100... but someone could suggest a number? A lot higher than % gdp sent as aid...
Jason Kindrachuk, PhD
Wed Feb 17
I’ve been trying to belabour the point that we can’t think of Covid as a regional epidemic that is solved once our cases fall. It is a pandemic where ongoing transmission in other regions continue to have global health and economic impacts. @kakape hits this home👇 twitter.com/kakape/status/…
I had the pleasure of speaking with @kakape, whose reporting on COVID-19 has been essential reading.
I agree with Kai: shouldn't we be protecting health workers & high-risk people in ALL nations first, not just rich ones? twitter.com/kakape/status/…
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This @kakape story is a must read. It's a horror that healthcare workers in most of the world have no access to COVID-19 vaccines. One COVID death in this story is a doctor I knew well, David Katzenstein, and his death broke many hearts, mine included.
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Africa cannot afford to lose health workers; it has far too few as it is. But #Covid19 is thinning these already thin ranks, @kakape reports. While rich countries are trying to vaccinate broadly, many countries still don't have vaccine for health workers. sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/u…
COVID19 is a global problem requiring a global solution.
👉 “Vaccinating those most at risk around the world would drive down hospitalizations and deaths everywhere sooner, allowing societies to reopen and economies to recover.” @kakape twitter.com/helenbranswell…
Science journalist. International News Editor, Science magazine. Infectious diseases, global health, science policy.
As rich countries are racing to vaccinate their populations, health workers in Africa are still waiting for the first doses. “I don’t know why there isn’t a massive clamor to do something about that.” bit.ly/2ZnorMY
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Physician(MD)-Scientist(PhD), EmoryID🇺🇲 via 🇨🇲and (LSHTM & UCL)🇬🇧. Loves viruses, TED talks and Global Health. Blogger at https://t.co/Hb4nDXO3uH
How do we best make the case for the young and healthy in the world's wealthiest countries to cede their spot in the global queue for #COVID19 vaccines to healthcare workers in LICs dying on the frontlines? No easy answers. Powerful piece by @kakape
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Excellent piece on incredible moral AND public health failure due to global #COVID19 #vaccine disparity. Thank you @kakape! Please write another one examining the responsibility of pharma during this crisis. 1/n sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/u…
Rich countries buying all COVID19 #vaccines is a problem, but takes two to make a contract-what is the responsibility of pharma? They hold the key to preventing deaths and are selling it off. Why are we accepting a profit driven model in a time of crisis&what are alternatives? /2