CDC Revamp to Include New Office for Public Health Data, Tech

The new Office of Data, Surveillance and Technology, Bloomberg reports, aims to strengthen surveillance of potential public health threats. Another new office, expected to be part of a CDC shakeup, will tackle equity in health care. Meanwhile, the WHO criticizes US plans for annual shootings.

Bloomberg: CDC chief Rochelle Walensky shakes up agency with new offices and leadership

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is setting up an Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance and Technology aimed at filling critical gaps in surveillance of potential threats, according to a person familiar with the developments. Walensky is also forming a health equity office that will report to his team, according to the person, who asked not to be named while discussing details that are not public. (Griffin, 1/24)

In vaccine rollout updates —

San Francisco Chronicle: Annual vaccination plan flawed, WHO officials say

World Health Organization officials have questioned US health officials’ plans to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot. “At the moment, COVID hasn’t really reduced to the usual seasonal seasonality that we see for other viruses,” said Joachim Hombach, executive secretary of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization. , during a press conference on Tuesday. (Vaziri, 1/24)

USA Today: Doctor destroyed COVID vaccine, sold fake vaccine cards in Utah: Feds

A Utah plastic surgeon, his medical company and three others have been charged with forging COVID-19 vaccination cards, destroying more than $28,000 of government-supplied coronavirus vaccines and administering of saline injections to children, prosecutors said. (Grantham-Philips, 1/24)

Learn more about the spread of covid —

CBS News: Long COVID keeps people out of work for months, study finds

Nearly a third of workers’ compensation claimants in the state have long-standing COVID, with more men than women suffering from the disease, according to a report from the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) , New York State’s largest workers’ compensation insurer. (Cerullo, 1/24)

CNN: CDC determines ‘logistical and legal’ aspects of testing airplane sewage for coronavirus variants, source says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ironing out the “logistical and legal” aspects of testing airplane sewage for coronavirus variants as it continues to explore such a Covid-19 surveillance program. The agency is still “figuring out how to operationalize this program,” a person familiar with CDC discussions said, adding that there are “logistical and legal” hurdles that need to be resolved before the program “can be operational”. (Howard, 1/25)

CIDRAP: MRI study reveals fetal and placental abnormalities in pregnant patients with COVID

A study of 38 COVID-infected pregnant women who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in Austria found a high rate of fetal and placental abnormalities. … Globular or gelatinous placentas were seen in 30% of women infected before Omicron and 27.8% in the Omicron group, while controls had none. (Van Beusekom, 1/24)

Chronicle of San Francisco: the head of the WHO “very concerned” by the increase in the number of deaths

The head of the World Health Organization told a press conference on Tuesday that he was “very concerned” about the growing number of deaths from COVID-19 around the world, which has continued to increase. increase since December. Chief Executive Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said around 170,000 people have died from the virus in the past eight weeks. (Vaziri, 1/24)

Stat: Is the WHO ready to end the Covid emergency? Maybe not yet

Three years ago, the World Health Organization declared the spread of a new coronavirus – later named SARS-CoV-2, the cause of Covid-19 – to be such a threat to global health that it deserved to be designated as a public health emergency of international concern. On Friday, an emergency committee will meet again to deliberate whether the time has come to recommend WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declare the global health emergency over. (Branswell, 1/25)

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CDC Revamp to Include New Office for Public Health Data, Tech

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