FIND VACCINE NOW Platform: Covid Vaccine Near Me

A presentation here of Find Vaccine Now platform which is available in 104 countries, making Covid-19 vaccine access and availability information within reach of more than 5 billion of the world’s population by connecting people to available doses, in addition to building their confidence in vaccines

In several low income countries, following information is not available or is not easily accessible …our goal is to bring the latest, and most accurate Covid-19 vaccine information to our communities from reliable sources. We hope that providing fast, accurate and timely Covid-19 vaccine information to our communities will help match Covid-19 vaccine seekers with Covid-19 vaccine providers, making it easier to vaccinate more people while reducing long vaccine lines…

By Syed Ahmad

Founder and CEO, Find Vaccine Now

USA

info@findvaccinenow.com  syed@findvaccinenow.com  Phone: +1 4329781998

 FIND VACCINE NOW Platform

Covid Vaccine Near Me

 

Access to Covid-19 vaccine information, location, and availability is essential if we are going to increase vaccinations worldwide. In high income countries availability of vaccines and access information is widely available, however, in low – and lower middle-income countries access information is either not available or very difficult to find even when vaccine availability is becoming better.

Find Vaccine Now platform started working on making the access to Covid-19 vaccines easier for people in the United States when vaccines became available in December 2020. We soon realized if finding a vaccine appointment was harder in the United States, it will be even harder in other countries. With that in mind we expanded our platform to other countries.

Find Vaccine Now simply connects people to available doses in 104 countries, in addition to building their confidence in vaccines with WHO health messages.

WHO called the Find Vaccine Now platform “A critical step in connecting people to available doses and enabling the last stretch of vaccine delivery.

Find Vaccine Now helps people with following information:

  1. Vaccine information from trusted sources
  2. Nearest location information
  3. Vaccine availability information
  4. Types of vaccines available
  5. How to make an appointment
  6. Where to make an appointment
  7. Where to call for more information

To show how effective and important their tool is, Find Vaccine Now team compiled a sample list of a dozen countries with a combined population of about one billion people. The list of countries and the size of the global population without access to this critical information is much bigger.

Please try finding a vaccine location in major cities in any of the following countries using tools available to a common user: Ethiopia, Egypt, Nigeria, Vietnam, DR Congo, Tanzania, Spain, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Chad. Unfortunately, it will be very difficult.

News Flash 462: Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

News Flash Links, as part of the research project PEAH (Policies for Equitable Access to Health), aim to focus on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to equitable access to health in resource-limited settings

News Flash 462

Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

 

WHO: Public health round-up

Global Health Matters podcast/Navigating digital health waves

2021: a Year in Review through PEAH Contributors’ Takes by Daniele Dionisio 

Webinar registration: The Case for a New Bretton Woods Jan 20, 2022 09:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting registration: Decolonising Global Health: What Does It Mean For Asia? Jan 24, 2022 02:00 PM in Singapore

Webinar registration: Our future at stake: The corporate capture of multilateralism Wednesday, January 19, 14.00-15.30 CET

Webinar registration: Beyond the agenda of the WHO Executive Board: People’s realities, determinants of health, democratic governance…. G2H2 meetings, Wednesday 19 January – Friday 2 January 2022

Accelerating Clinical Trials in the EU (ACT EU): for better clinical trials that address patients’ needs

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Weekly Update

Preliminary data indicate COVID-19 vaccines remain effective against severe disease and hospitalisation caused by the Omicron variant

EU drug regulator expresses doubt on need for fourth booster dose

Global regulators discuss path towards regulatory alignment on response to Omicron variant

Nose or Throat Swabs? Antigen Tests for Omicron Are Under Examination

Vaccine equity: there is no time to waste

Omicron Infection Curve ‘Staggering’ – 36 Countries Have Vaccinated Less than 10% of Citizens

THE LANCET COVID-19 COMMISSION GLOBAL HEALTH DIPLOMACY AND COOPERATION TASK FORCE Global diplomacy and cooperation in pandemic times: Lessons and recommendations from COVID-19 DECEMBER 2021

BOOK BY THE SOUTH CENTRE, 2022: Vaccines, Medicines and COVID-19 How Can WHO Be Given a Stronger Voice?

Interim Statement on COVID-19 vaccines in the context of the circulation of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 Variant from the WHO Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC)

India Covid: Booster shots start for priority groups as cases surge

A synopsis of current global support for Africa’s vaccine manufacturing roadmap

Bangladesh Produces First Generic of Pfizer’s Antiviral But Indian Company Hits Snag with its Merck Generic

Message for World Leprosy Day 2022

Antibiotic Resistance Could Turn Treatable Conditions Deadly

Unequal coverage of nutrition and health interventions for women and children in seven countries

Building climate-sensitive nutrition programmes

People’s Health Dispatch Bulletin #16: New hope for people-centric healthcare with incoming progressive governments

Achieving sustainable health equity

Covid-19 Disrupts UN & Threatens Potential Cash Crisis in World Body

Conflicts to Watch in 2022, Preventive Priorities Survey Results

World Bank warns of record debt levels in low-income countries

Opinion: Securing land rights is key to fulfilling the COP 26 pact

The Time to Protect Our Oceans is Now

The IMF’s Surveillance Role and Climate Change

‘Acidifying, warming seas affecting seafood supplies’

 

 

 

 

 

2021: a Year in Review through PEAH Contributors’ Takes

Now that we just turned the corner on another challenging year, we wish to share here all 2021 PEAH published articles by committed top thinkers, stakeholders and academics worldwide aimed at sparking debate on how to settle the conflicting issues that still impair equitable access to health by discriminated population settings 

by Daniele Dionisio*

PEAH – Policies for Equitable Access to Health

2021: a Year in Review through PEAH Contributors’ Takes

 

As we just turned the corner on another challenging year, we wish to share here all 2021 PEAH published articles by committed top thinkers, stakeholders and academics worldwide aimed at sparking debate on how to settle the conflicting issues that still impair equitable access to health by discriminated population settings. PEAH deepest gratitude goes to all of them.

Find out below the relevant links:

An Article on Persons with Disabilities Tanzania by Rick Kyando

Covid-19, the Omicron Variant and the “Butterfly Effect” by Stella Egidi

SARS-Cov-2 Omicron Variant: Holding Our Leaders Accountable by Raymond Saner

COHRED Global R&D Equity Initiative: Invitation to Act

Tinnitus: is It a Lifelong Companion / a Foe for Life or does It have a Promising Future? by Tanushree Mondal 

Tackling the Root Causes of Climate Change. If Not Now, WHEN? by George Lueddeke 

Living with COVID in a Transformed World by Brian Johnston 

5 Reasons to Support the European Citizens’ Initiative No Profit on Pandemic by Julie Steendam 

The Cut to Universal Credit in the UK is a Threat to the Health of the Most Deprived by Rebecca Barlow-Noone 

Access to Corona Vaccination only for the Rich by Christiane Fischer 

What is COVID-19 Revealing to Us? by Angelo Stefanini 

A Short Reflection on Access to Rabies Vaccination in Times of (COVID-19) Vaccine Inequity by Raffaella Ravinetto 

Venomous COVID-19: Ripping the Country of its Valuable Young Generation by Gertrude Masembe 

Risk Factors, Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs, and Coping Among the Children Under the Care of Female Sex Workers and Adolescent Girls Surviving in Sex Work Settings: a Rapid Assessment by AWAC-Alliance of Women Advocating for Change

Decriminalizing Sex Work and Enhancing Equitable Access to Health, Justice and Social Protection by Female Sex Workers in Uganda by AWAC-Alliance of Women Advocating for Change

Apropos of COVID-19: Shall We Question Ourselves? by Francisco Becerra 

Barriers To Exclusive Breastfeeding In Western Kenya by Charity M’mbaga 

Corona-Policy-Chaos and Health for All by Judith Richter 

Death in the Time of COVID by Brian Johnston 

Global Health Inequity 1960-2020: EQUITY VS. EQUALITY, DIGNITY VS POVERTY, EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE WELLBEING VS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX by Juan Garay, Nefer Kelley, David Chiriboga, Adam Garay 

A Global Health Crisis To Shape a New Globalisation by Enrique Restoy 

Regional Security in Times of Health Crisis – A Look at the East African Community by Becky Adiele 

Rwanda Global Healthcare Summit: 9th to 11th August 2021 by Memory Usaman 

Bundle of Joy or Cause for Shame? Just What Mothers in the Kenyan Informal Settlements Face. A Tale of Inequalities in Maternal Health Service Delivery by Reagun Andera Odhiambo 

Diversionary Measures for Children in Conflict with the Law by Philip J Gover 

Commentary on ‘More for The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) – Impakter’ by George Lueddeke 

Unleashing the True Potential of Data – COVID-19 and Beyond by Brian Johnston 

Open Letter: Justifying Emergency Measures to Tackle Covid-19 Crisis in Europe by Raymond Saner 

Covid-19 Vaccines – On Fairness and Distribution by Iris Borowy 

More Funds Are Required To Promote Migrants’ Health by Olga Shelevakho 

Inland Transit Applications: Improved Welfare at Affordable Prices or Increased Traffic and Air Pollution – Case of Iran by DJavad Ghoddoosi-Nejad 

International Debates: What Does the 2020 Seventy-third World Health Assembly Mean For Socio-economic Survival of Countries, Food Security, and International Cooperation in the COVID-19 Pandemic by Michael Ssemakula 

Nourishing India – What Needs to Be Done by Veena S Rao 

New Year, New Lockdown in the United Kingdom: ‘The Great Deception’ by Ted Schrecker 

Defending and Reclaiming WHO’s Capacity to Fulfil its Mandate: Suggestions from a Perspective of Language and Power by Judith Richter 

The ISOHA Europe Virtual Conference 2021

Contributions From APAN During Disasters by Tanushree Mondal 

 

The contributions highlighted above add to PEAH internal posts published throughout the year. Find the links below:

Eyeing COVID Through PEAH Independent Lens: Which Takeaways? by Daniele Dionisio 

Interview to Dr. Trudy Masembe, CINTA Foundation Uganda by Daniele Dionisio 

Damn Covid Pandemic, Let’s Begin Exploiting You For Fairer World by Daniele Dionisio 

Newly Launched: 2021- Year of Equitable Research Partnerships by Daniele Dionisio

2020: a Year in Review through PEAH Contributors’ Takes by Daniele Dionisio

 

Moreover, as part of PEAH scope and aims, the column titled ‘Focus on: Uganda’s Health Issues‘ continued to serve as an observatory of challenging health issues in Uganda from a comprehensive view encompassing the policies, strategies and practices of all involved actors. 

In the meantime, our weekly page PEAH News Flash has been serving as a one year-long point of reference for PEAH contents, while turning the spotlight on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to the equitable access to health in resource-limited settings.

 

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*Daniele Dionisio is a member of the European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases. Former director of the Infectious Disease Division at the Pistoia City Hospital (Italy), Dionisio is Head of the research project  PEAH – Policies for Equitable Access to Health. He may be reached at: 

d.dionisio@tiscali.it  https://twitter.com/DanieleDionisio https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniele-dionisio-67032053  https://www.facebook.com/PEAH51/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

PEAH collaborates with a number of non-profit entities. These include, among others:

#MedsWeCanTrust 

G2H2Geneva Global Health Hub

CEHURD – Center for Human Rights and Development 

Center for the History of Global Development 

Viva Salud 

Asia Catalyst 

MEZIS

ATTAC

The 53rd Week Ltd 

Wemos 

Social Medicine Portal 

Health as if Everibody Counted 

COHRED’s Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) 

AFEW International 

TranspariMED

Medicines and Ethics, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) 

 

 

News Flash 461: Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

News Flash Links, as part of the research project PEAH (Policies for Equitable Access to Health), aim to focus on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to equitable access to health in resource-limited settings

News Flash 461

Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

 

Meetings registration: Beyond the agenda of the WHO Executive Board: People’s realities, determinants of health, democratic governance… G2H2 meetings, January 2022 Register here for civil society workshops Monday 17 January and Tuesday 18 January 2022

China, the West, and the Future of Global Health Security

USA Prescription Drug Policy, 2021 And 2022: The Year In Review, And The Year Ahead

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Weekly Update

Audio Interview: Covid-19 — The Outlook in Europe

COVID-19 cases on the rise across the continent following festive period

COVID-19 Could Become Endemic in Africa if 70% Vaccination Coverage is not Achieved by 2022 – Africa CDC

Prospects for local manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa

Advocates call for 22 billion more mRNA vaccine doses to ward off global omicron threat

Gloomy New Year Prognosis – WHO Experts Warn Omicron Could Also Spawn More Dangerous Variants

Tie pharma CEO pay to fair global COVID-19 vaccine access, investors say

New Data on Side Effects of Second Pfizer Shot in Children Shows Fewer Adverse Effects than for Teens

EMA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN 2021

Australia to donate 60 million COVID vaccines to developing nations

‘There is no money left’: Covid crisis leaves Sri Lanka on brink of bankruptcy

Lessons From COVID-19 Vaccines To Improve Malaria Vaccine Acceptance In Africa

Covid-19’s Devastating Effect on Tuberculosis Care — A Path to Recovery

Underfunded and Deadly Tuberculosis Needs its Own Bill Gates

TB epidemic ‘could flare in near future’

72 million people to miss treatment for NTDs due to UK aid cuts

How protecting health can foster peace

Opinion: There’s a better way to reach millions of unschooled children

Q&A: How can a global treaty to end violence against women succeed?

Violence against women: tackling the other pandemic

Planet Earth: Averting ‘A Point Of No Return’? by George Lueddeke

Environmental Disasters Creating More Migrants Within Countries – Podcast

Syrians turn war missiles into heaters as winter grips

Urban Air Pollution Responsible for Nearly 2 Million Excess Deaths in 2019, Says Study

Too Harmful: The March of Salt and Plastics on World Soils

Nkosi, B., Zanoni, B., Seeley, J., & Strode, A. (2021). The ethical‐legal requirements for adolescent self‐consent to research in sub‐Saharan Africa: A scoping review. Bioethics, 1–11

 

 

 

Planet Earth:  Averting  ‘A Point Of No Return’?

The world is in a very dangerous place right now and things can (will?) get out of hand. In terms of the recommendations at the end of the piece, the UN Security Council (UNSC) simply is not working and reform of its membership now has to be considered a key option so that the voice of people most impacted by poverty, inequities and conflicts  is heard loud and clear in particular engaging our Youth who have the most to lose but also  the most to gain by taking steps 'to save the world from itself.'
George Lueddeke
Global Lead International One Health for One Planet Education & Trandisciplinarity Initiative (1 HOPE-TDI)

Planet Earth:  Averting  ‘A Point Of No Return’?

First published: Impakter January 4, 2022

 

As we look forward to 2022 (and beyond), the issues we face have become existential. One may well ask, as climate change turns into a climate emergency, whether our home on planet earth can be preserved from environmental destruction. In short, can we avert a point of no return?

Don’t Look Up

In the final moments of the Netflix movie, Don’t Look Up, Leonardo DiCaprio, a formidable environmentalist in his own right, playing astronomy professor Dr. Randall Mindy,  sensing that  Armageddon is near, ruefully utters ‘’We really did have everything, didn’t we?”   His words of disbelief could well sum up a future worldwide regret for the fate of our ‘blue’ planet unless we learn to change our trajectory from a path of self-destruction to ensuring life enhancement of all species and planet survival.

The film is ostensibly a parody of how politicians, media, and the public ignore the reality of the planetary threats facing us – in this case a huge asteroid hurtling toward earth capable of extinguishing all life.  (The last one hit the earth about 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs).

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But the message of Don’t Look Upconsidered by some to be the most important movie of 2021, could be more revealing. Parallels with our responses to climate change (neglecting, rejecting) –  including the coronavirus – are clearly at the heart of the storyline. Unquestionably, WE have metaphorically become the comet and, scientists tell us, our species has about ten years before reaching ‘a point of no return’  when the destruction of our biosphere (land, sea, air) becomes inevitable.

Resetting the world geopolitical clock

There are of course other crisis scenarios of significant global risks that may be coming to a head in 2022 and that we need to treat very seriously rather than with arrogance or indifference.

China, an example of ‘the emergence of a first-rank economic and military power that respects neither democracy nor the rule of law that underpins it,’ tops the list. Seeking to establish  a new world order based on totalitarianism, it is becoming apparent that ‘Beijing intends not only to abide by its own rules but expects others to follow –them.’ Other potential flashpoints in 2022 include Russia’s troop build-up around Ukraine,  Iran’s escalation of its nuclear programme, and North Korea’s disruptive cyberattacks and military threats.

Considered collectively, it is clear that the lead time to reset the world geopolitical Doomsday Clock  (a metaphor created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947) is even shorter than that for climate change – 100 seconds to midnight – as ‘autocrats everywhere have been using their lockdowns to plot mischief,’ which may, by design or accident, also lead to global catastrophe.

Calling out  ‘rogue leaders’ and  pulling together for planet sustainability

To safeguard our civilisation, global decision-makers who care about the future of the planet alongside the public at large are now tasked to call out (rein in) ‘rogue leaders’ (or political aspirants) who have the power to destabilise, indeed destroy, c. 4.54 billion years of  Planet Earth evolution.  The stakes for not doing so are very high indeed.

Individuals (and groups) in question include those who :

  • place their own self-interests, ambition and power ahead of  planet survival;
  • believe ‘image’ is more important than ‘character’;
  • engage  deliberately  in disinformation rather than Truth; 
  • lack understanding, trust and compassion; 
  • instigate  division and chaos over inspiring unity; 
  • deny the root causes of global instability (e.g., climate change, inequality); 
  • maintain that ‘might is right’; 
  • support a culture of ‘them and us’;
  • engage in physical and cultural assaults on individuals and democratic institutions;   
  • flout the rule of law; 
  • espouse totalitarian principles over democratic rights and freedoms. 

Unquestionably, the United Nations has a key lead role to play here but may be constrained politically and strategically.

One of its main weaknesses lies in the composition of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with its core remit to ensure global peace and security.  The main problem is that the same five permanent members with veto power – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States – appointed in 1946 at the end of WWII now represent only about two billion people out of c. 7.8 billion. Close to 1.3 billion in  Africa and 1.4 billion in India alone are not permanently represented although some of the poorest and the most disadvantaged live in these regions and will be most affected by climate change.

The UNSC’s ‘win-lose’  conflict resolution approach informed (biased) by political ideologies and hegemony lead the Council to veto or simply neglect key global political issues including humanitarian disasters (e.g., Afghanistan, Myanmar, Covid-19 deaths, migration) and are morally indefensible in light of continuing and needless human suffering.

Covid-19 reminds us that the only way we and particularly Heads of State can achieve planet sustainability is ‘to pull together’ and ‘to stop behaving as if we live in a limitless world.’ It also challenges us to consider what kind of future we want and how to achieve it.

Important initial  steps toward ‘a more just, sustainable and peaceful world’ would be:

  • to rise above the political and social ideologies WE have created over millennia resulting in divisions and conflicts with millions of innocent lives sacrificed;
  • to shape core values to ensure the sustainability of the planet and all life;
  • to replace the outdated (‘Age of the Strongman’) amoral plans for global conquest (i.e.,  advancing national and personal self-interests at the expense of others) with ones that optimise planet sustainability and the health & wellbeing of all life.

History has clearly shown us over millennia that free societies tend to flourish while those that dictate or enslave fail or have short lifespans – socially, economically, politically.  

Adopting a new worldview 

A recurring theme of my previous Impakter articles is that our greatest challenge as a species is to adopt a new mindset / mental models that shift our thinking, policies, and strategies from human-centrism (it’s all about us) to eco-centrism: it’s about all species and the environment and the sustainability of the planet.

This pressing paradigm shift – defining a renewed moral purpose? – in our worldview is encapsulated in the concept called One Health  (& Wellbeing-OHW) that recognises the critical interdependence of humans, animals, plants in a shared environment. The  underlying point is that the planet will thrive without us but will surely perish if we continue to erode ‘the fabric of the ecosystems which sustain life on earth.’

The One Health approach ‘shifts from reactive sectoralised’ interventions ‘to multi-sector preventive actions at social, ecological, economic and biological levels of society.’ Applying OHW in societal settings involves identifying the root causes of complex issues (e.g., climate change) and finding ways to mitigate these especially in light of potential disastrous consequences.

Source: A Blueprint to Evaluate One Health, Frontiers in Public Health

Enabling actions 

There is no Plan B for climate change. We either get it right in the forthcoming decades or we disappear. Simple as that!

The same holds true for other global threats – nuclear war, deadly pandemics, food security and others if pushed to extremes. The United Nations remains our best hope for a sustainable future but changes would need to be made to ensure that all nations have an equal voice and are able to speak freely about their challenges unencumbered by political interference or economic manipulations.

Recommendations flowing from this commentary include the need to:

(1) restructure the composition of the UNSC to ensure that the veto power of future permanent members (some conditional) does not lead to political paralysis, that all regions are fairly and equitably represented in terms of numbers and needs, as determined by annual reviews of risks and SDG progress, and that members are held publicly accountable in terms of enabling global peace, security and sustainability.

(2) adopt the One Health & Wellbeing concept/approach and establish a UN One Health and Wellbeing Sustainability Council with a strong Youth voice (e.g., representatives  from the Sustainable Development Sustainable Solutions Network-Youth) to review and operationalise global propositions for global sustainability (socio-economic, geopolitical, environmental – aligned with the OH concept and the SDGs (summarised below) :

 

(3) promote the OHW concept and the UN SDGs at academic, government, and at all societal levels across all global regions through a process of change and education – formal and non-formal – addressing challenges we face in particular how we can better relate to the planet and to each other.

Our choice in 2022: Accept societal transformation or face extinction

The world faces hard choices in the days ahead. After 13.5 billion years of evolution from the Big Bang to the present, in 2022 we are at a turning point. Our choice is stark: acceptance of the societal transformations required to sustain the planet or face possible extinction as a species.

Considered ‘a modern-day heir to Charles Darwin,’ after a lengthy career, evolutionary biologist, conservationist, world-leading naturalist and author of more than 30 books,  Edward O. Wilson (1931-2021) ‘felt optimistic that humanity had ‘the potential to solve its crises.’ On the other hand, he cautioned in 2019 that ‘our species was dysfunctional’: we  carry Paleolithic emotions, we still depend on medieval institutions and have acquired god-like power – ‘a very dangerous and unstable combination.’


Cover Photo: Last scene from Don’t Look Up as the comet plunges toward Earth (screenshot) – film streaming on Netflix.