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India is in a complete lock down mode. This online publication by the Calcutta Research Group is based on contemporary reflections by journalists, social scientists and social activists, legal practitioners, and thinkers, which highlight the ethical and political implications of the epidemic in India – particularly for India’s migrant workers. This book is written as the crisis unfolds with no end in sight. It is a tract of the time.
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« À son début une grippe promenée conduit souvent au cimetière » : c’est le constat du Dr Francis Heckel dans les articles qu’il publie dans l’hebdomadaire L’Illustration à l’automne 1918. Cet argument est une invitation à relire l’analyse faite par ce praticien précurseur de ladite «grippe espagnole », dont on ne mesurait pas encore l’ampleur du bilan — de 30 à 100 millions de morts, selon les estimations actuelles."
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No wonder that not only the party of the present war and its intellectuals, but also a portion of mainstream intellectuals, are very reluctant to hear if the spirit of 1989 is still loudly and publicly mentioned and thus removed from oblivion. The real spirit of 1989, the millenial optimism of an entire planet, is the silent but powerful alternative of this black war.
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As a preliminary definition, “access to drugs” can be considered as the direct and permanent possibility for any person in need to have access to necessary health-improving drugs without any obstacles. Any person in need must have the possibility to benefit from the drug he or she needs to save their life, to improve their health, or to prevent avoidable diseases without being discriminated.
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Las pestes y las guerras nos pillan siempre de improviso. ¿Cómo vamos a considerar reales esas plagas que borran el futuro, nos encierran y obligan a hablar a solas?”. Esto dice uno de los personajes de ‘La Peste’, la novela de 1946 que encumbró a Camus y le llevó al Premio Nobel de literatura.
Pandemia o peste, eso nunca está en la agenda de los políticos que trabajan siempre con lo previsible. Pero se cuelan en la vida real y nos desorientan hasta el punto de que, para recuperar el norte, hay que recurrir a los ...
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The World Health Organization’s new advisory committee on developing global standards for governance and oversight of human genome editing has agreed to work towards a strong international governance framework in this area. “Gene editing holds incredible promise for health, but it also poses some risks, both ethically and medically. This committee is a perfect example of WHO’s leadership, by bringing together some of the world’s leading experts to provide guidance on this complex issue. I am grateful to each member of the Expert Advisory Committee for their time and expertise.” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
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In response to this ongoing public health emergency, we developed an interactive web-based dashboard (static snapshot shown above) hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualize and track reported cases in real-time. The dashboard, first shared publicly on January 22, illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries. It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the general public with a user-friendly tool to track the outbreak as it unfolds. Further, all the data collected and displayed is made freely available, initially as google sheets, now in a GitHub repository, along with the feature layers of the dashboard, which are now included in the ESRI Living Atlas. (source:
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