We’ve worked as principal investigators on international One Health projects in parts of Asia and Africa for years, working with local scientists to research zoonotic diseases. Through one of our projects, working with scientists in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam, we study zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance linked to poultry, such as avian flu, which remains a significant pandemic risk. Another project trains scientists in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somaliland and Somalia in One Health research techniques, including into zoonotic and potentially pandemic diseases. … [Read more...] about Cutting UK overseas aid could harm the fight against future pandemics
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While it’s convenient to blame the virus for the liquidation of the department store chain, its future looked bleak when the crisis began. As my colleague Zoe Wood has noted, Debenhams never really recovered after a debilitating period in the hands of private equity in the early 2000s. In a textbook example of short-termism, 23 stores were sold and the sites leased back on terms that have made Debenhams unattractive to potential buyers. … [Read more...] about The inevitable collapse of Arcadia is a cautionary tale for British capitalism
He said: 'We have stability studies now really supporting the evidence for being able to transport up to six hours at two to eight degrees, so you can really take vials from the vaccination centre – one of the large ones – put them in a bag at two to 8C and take them to the care homes where they can be administered directly to the patients.' … [Read more...] about Care homes will have to WAIT for Pfizer coronavirus vaccine: Jab will be distributed at hospitals first and then GP surgeries because doses can only be transported in batches of 975
Egdon Heath’s stark moorland existed only in Thomas Hardy’s imagination, a brooding presence in his novel The Return of the Native: “A place perfectly accordant with man’s nature – neither ghastly, hateful, nor ugly; neither common place, unmeaning, nor tame; but, like man, slighted and enduring; and withal singularly colossal and mysterious in its swarthy monotony!” Holst used these words to preface his 15-minute orchestral tone poem, an austere but radical work that expresses a pagan spirit of place. While Holst was working on the piece, he and Hardy had walked in rural Dorset, in southwest England, the region Hardy had brought so potently to fictional life. Holst considered Egdon Heath his greatest achievement. Vaughan Williams agreed, praising “the bleak grandeur of its outline”. They were in a minority. The premiere in New York took place on 12 February 1928, just weeks after Hardy’s death. Instead of celebrating this new … [Read more...] about Fiona Maddocks: music to carry you through
Immunity passports have been touted as the key for getting swathes of society back to normal life, and allowing millions to evade restrictions. This is because they would indicate someone is protected against the virus, and is able to fight it off without getting severely ill or dying. … [Read more...] about Revealed: EVERYTHING you need to know about Pfizer’s Covid vaccine. What could the logistical challenges of delivering it be? Who will get it first? And where will people get it?