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ASP Scan (Weekly) for May 28, 2021

ASP Scan (Weekly) for May 28, 2021

Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans GARDP urges nations to strengthen response to drug resistance The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), on behalf of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, issued a statement this week that called on World Health Organization (WHO) member states to strengthen their responses to

No COVID-19 cases found after well-controlled indoor concert

No COVID-19 cases found after well-controlled indoor concert

No attendees at an indoor concert that employed rapid COVID-19 lateral-flow screening, N95 respirators, and a well-ventilated venue tested positive for COVID-19 in the next 8 days, showing no increased virus transmission risk associated with the event, according to preliminary findings from a randomized, controlled trial published yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. A team

Japan extends COVID emergency for much of country

Japan extends COVID emergency for much of country

Japan today extended its COVID-19 state of emergency for Tokyo and eight prefectures for another 3 weeks, hoping to get virus levels down to a manageable level ahead of the Olympics in late July. In other global developments, UK officials said cases involving the B1617.2 SARS-CoV-2 variant continue to rise and now make up about

COVID-19 vaccinations increase in US, but unevenly

COVID-19 vaccinations increase in US, but unevenly

Vaccination rates for American adults continue to increase across the United States, but progress is uneven, with Southern states lagging. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with 31.8% and 33.9% of the adult population vaccinated, respectively. Maine has the highest vaccination rate, with 60.8%.

News Scan for May 28, 2021

News Scan for May 28, 2021

GARDP urges nations to strengthen response to drug resistance The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), on behalf of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, issued a statement this week that called on World Health Organization (WHO) member states to strengthen their responses to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The statement, presented at the 74th annual

COVID-19 Scan for May 28, 2021

COVID-19 Scan for May 28, 2021

Children have more complications with COVID than with flu, study finds Hospitalization, hypoxemia, pneumonia, and other complications were found more in children who contracted COVID-19 than in those who had seasonal flu, according to a study today in Pediatrics. The researchers drew from databases in France, Germany, Spain, South Korea, and the United States to

Big spikes in overdose cardiac arrests, opioid deaths amid COVID-19

Big spikes in overdose cardiac arrests, opioid deaths amid COVID-19

Two new JAMA studies reveal startling jumps in overdose-related cardiac arrests and fatal opioid overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Record overdose-linked cardiac arrests The first study, led by University of California, Los Angeles, researchers and published yesterday in JAMA Psychiatry, involved 33.4 million patient emergency medical services (EMS) encounters from the beginning of the pandemic

Ten states reach 70% COVID-19 vaccination goal

Ten states reach 70% COVID-19 vaccination goal

So far ten states have reached President Biden’s Jul 4 goal of vaccinating 70% of eligible residents against COVID-19, according to White House COVID-19 response coordinator Andy Slavitt. Pennsylvania joined Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New Mexico as the tenth state to reach the 70% goal of having

Africa sounds urgent call for COVID-19 vaccine doses

Africa sounds urgent call for COVID-19 vaccine doses

As cases rise in Africa, the region urgently needs at least 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to deliver second doses during the recommended interval to vulnerable groups that have received their first dose, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said today. In other developments, German scientists say they have identified

News Scan for May 27, 2021

News Scan for May 27, 2021

Two inactivated Chinese COVID-19 vaccines found 73% to 78% effective A randomized controlled trial of two inactivated (vero cell) COVID-19 vaccines made in China finds a vaccine efficacy of 73% in one and 78% in the other, according to a study yesterday in JAMA. The whole-virus inactivated vaccines were developed with strains of the virus