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Post-Pandemic Brave New World of Agriculture
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Post-Pandemic Brave New World of Agriculture

Robots working in abattoirs, sky-high vertical farms, more gene-edited foods in our supermarkets and automated farming systems could all help guarantee food supply in the next pandemic. University of Queensland Professor Robert Henry said the technologies had all been in various stages of planning prior to COVID-19, but food producers would now be moving much...

Economic and Food Supply Chain Disruptions Endanger Global Food Security
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Economic and Food Supply Chain Disruptions Endanger Global Food Security

COVID-19 has led to a global economic slowdown that is affecting all four pillars of food security – availability, access, utilization, and stability – according to a new article from researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), published in the journal Science. Agricultural and food markets are facing continuous disruptions due to labor shortages...

Benefits of Routine Childhood Vaccines Far Outweigh Risks of Additional Covid-19 Transmission in Africa, Modeling Study Suggests
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Benefits of Routine Childhood Vaccines Far Outweigh Risks of Additional Covid-19 Transmission in Africa, Modeling Study Suggests

The health benefits of maintaining routine childhood vaccination programmes in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic far outweigh the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission that might be associated with clinic visits, according to a modeling study published in The Lancet Global Health journal. For every additional COVID-19 death that might be associated with additional exposure to the virus...

Judge Orders Brazil to Protect Indigenous People from Ravages of COVID-19
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Judge Orders Brazil to Protect Indigenous People from Ravages of COVID-19

Brazil must take emergency measures to protect its Indigenous communities from the novel coronavirus, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled on July 8. Justice Luis Roberto Barroso gave the Brazilian government just three days to establish a crisis response team. The team must get check points installed on Indigenous lands – with military support if necessary...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Has COVID-19 – and So Do Thousands of Indigenous People Who Live Days from the Nearest Hospital
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Has COVID-19 – and So Do Thousands of Indigenous People Who Live Days from the Nearest Hospital

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has denied the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and ridiculed social distancing, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on July 7 after showing mild symptoms. Bolsonaro is one of 1.9 million confirmed COVID-19 victims in coronavirus-wracked Brazil. But as a white, wealthy and powerful man, he is not a member...

Lack of Lockdown Increased COVID-19 Deaths in Sweden
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Lack of Lockdown Increased COVID-19 Deaths in Sweden

Sweden’s controversial decision not to lock down during COVID-19 produced more deaths and greater healthcare demand than seen in countries with earlier, more stringent interventions, a new analysis finds. But Sweden fared better than would be expected from its public-health mandates alone, roughly similar to France, Italy and Spain – countries that had more stringent...

Countries Group into Clusters as COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads
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Countries Group into Clusters as COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads

Mathematicians based in Australia and China have developed a method to analyze the large amount of data accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technique, described in the journal Chaos, by AIP Publishing, can identify anomalous countries — those that are more successful than expected at responding to the pandemic and those that are particularly unsuccessful. The...

East and West Germany Exhibit Health Disparities 30 Years After Reunification
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East and West Germany Exhibit Health Disparities 30 Years After Reunification

East Germany has many more hospitalisations for heart failure compared to West Germany despite a nationwide healthcare system, according to research presented today on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Heart failure is the most common reason for hospital admissions and is responsible for a large part of the total...

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COVID-19 is Deadlier for Black Brazilians, a Legacy of Structural Racism That Dates Back to Slavery

The United States and Brazil have much in common when it comes to the coronavirus. Both are among the world’s hardest-hit countries, where hundreds die daily. Their like-minded presidents, Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, have both been widely criticized for their poor handling of the pandemic. And in both countries the virus is disproportionately affecting...