Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 5th July 2021

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 5th July 2021

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 5th July 2021

This update will be published weekly at 12pm GMT on Mondays and aims to provide clinicians and the public with an overview of the latest data, guidelines, key publications and policy around COVID-19, with links to essential resources and information.

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Global Impact of COVID-19 to Date

Data from WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, reported on 5th July 2021

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

Data from WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, reported on 5th July 2021

Global Vaccinations Against COVID-19

Official data collated by Our World in Data - data up to 4th July 2021

Source: Our World in Data

For full vaccination data, Our World in Data state: "Total number of people who received all doses prescribed by the vaccination protocol. This data is only available for countries which report the breakdown of doses administered by first and second doses."

Mathieu, E., Ritchie, H., Ortiz-Ospina, E. et al. A global database of COVID-19 vaccinations. Nat Hum Behav (2021)


Total UK COVID-19 Cases

Data for 24 hour period, reported on 04-07-21

UK total daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

Data for 24 hour period, reported on 04-07-21

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Data for 24 hour period, reported on 04-07-21

Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

A selection of recent publications and useful clinical guidance from scientific journals


Vaccine: Evaluation of post-introduction COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness: Summary of interim guidance of the World Health Organization

Patel MK, Bergeri I, Bresee JS, et al. Evaluation of post-introduction COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness: Summary of interim guidance of the World Health Organization. Vaccine. 2021 Jun 1:S0264-410X(21)00707-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.05.099. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34119350; PMCID: PMC8166525.

The Lancet Microbe: Invasive mould disease in fatal COVID-19: a systematic review of autopsies

Kula BE, Clancy CJ, Hong Nguyen M, Schwartz IS. Invasive mould disease in fatal COVID-19: a systematic review of autopsies. Lancet Microbe. 2021 Jun 23. doi: 10.1016/S2666-5247(21)00091-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34189490; PMCID: PMC8221729.

NEJM: SARS-CoV-2 Variants and Vaccines

Krause PR, Fleming TR, Longini IM, et al. SARS-CoV-2 Variants and Vaccines. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jun 23. doi: 10.1056/NEJMsr2105280. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34161052.

BMJ Global Health: COVID-19 and non-communicable diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: the need for a syndemics approach to data reporting and healthcare delivery

Nassereddine G, Habli S, Slama S, et al. COVID-19 and non-communicable diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: the need for a syndemics approach to data reporting and healthcare delivery. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 Jun;6(6):e006189. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-006189. PMID: 34103327; PMCID: PMC8188577.

Lancet Microbe: Beyond vaccine hesitancy: time for Africa to expand vaccine manufacturing capacity amidst growing COVID-19 vaccine nationalism (commentary)

Otu A, Osifo-Dawodu E, Atuhebwe P, et al. Beyond vaccine hesitancy: time for Africa to expand vaccine manufacturing capacity amidst growing COVID-19 vaccine nationalism. Lancet Microbe. 2021 Jun 18. doi: 10.1016/S2666-5247(21)00126-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34179857; PMCID: PMC8213358.

East Mediterr Health J: Efforts to deploy COVID-19 vaccine in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region within the first 100 days of 2021 

Abubakar A, Al-Mandhari A, Brennan R, et al. Efforts to deploy COVID-19 vaccine in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region within the first 100 days of 2021. East Mediterr Health J. 2021 May 27;27(5):433-437. doi: 10.26719/emhj.21.024. PMID: 34080669.

Nature Communications: COVID-19 mRNA vaccine induced antibody responses against three SARS-CoV-2 variants

Jalkanen P, Kolehmainen P, Häkkinen HK, et al. COVID-19 mRNA vaccine induced antibody responses against three SARS-CoV-2 variants. Nat Commun. 2021 Jun 28;12(1):3991. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24285-4. PMID: 34183681.


Educational Resources:


WHO: COVID-19 Course Series and Vaccine Series

"Real-time training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response. The COVID-19 channel provides learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public for the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)." (WHO 2020)

Johns Hopkins University: Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

BMJ Best Practice: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) clinical decision support tool

Elsevier: COVID-19 Health Education resource center, including the Health Education Faculty Hub

NEJM: Covid-19 Vaccine Resource Center

BMJ: Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy 

BMJ: A living WHO guideline on drugs to prevent covid-19

NEJM: Covid-19 Rx: Treatment Simulations

BMJ: Interpreting a lateral flow SARS-CoV-2 antigen test

Nature Podcast: Coronapod: the biomarker that could change COVID vaccines (2nd July 2021)


MedShr Open: COVID-19 Articles

The COVID-19 Hub on MedShr Open includes a selection of articles covering a range of topics related to COVID-19, ranging from emerging therapies, long-term effects of COVID-19, and considering the effects of the pandemic on other essential healthcare services.


Global Health Data for COVID-19

Global.health - a Data Science Initiative - open public health COVID-19 dataset to advance the response to infectious diseases

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)


Research related to COVID-19

Below is a list of links to organisations who are making great efforts to categorise, evaluate and summarise the vast catalogue of COVID-19 research. If you discover any other great resources please feel free to share these in the comments section below.

Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - WHO Global research database and links to further research catalogues

LitCovid - a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19

Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative - PubMed Central

COVID-19 Science Updates - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines - National Institutes of Health

ClinicalTrials.gov - COVID-19 clinical trials

Finding the evidence: Coronavirus – Knowledge & Library Services - Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Cochrane resources and news - Cochrane


India and Pakistan COVID-19 Support Groups

New groups have been launched as part of MedShr's COVID-19 education programme in response to the current challenges in India and Pakistan. The groups are intended to be a dedicated place for all healthcare professionals to share information and resources, and discuss how to manage increasingly unwell patients with limited resources, as well as giving access to international experts in COVID-19.


Weekly Update by MedShr Open Editorial Team

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