Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 21st June 2021

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 21st June 2021

Weekly update published on MedShr: 21st June 2021
Last updated: 21st June 2021

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Global Impact of COVID-19 to Date

Data from WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, reported on 20th June 2021

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

Data from WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, reported on 20th June 2021

Global Vaccinations Against COVID-19

Official data collated by Our World in Data - data up to 20th June 2021 at 11:20 (London time)

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."


Total UK COVID-19 Cases

Data for 24 hour period, reported on 20-06-21

UK total daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

Data for 24 hour period, reported on 20-06-21

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Data for 24 hour period, reported on 20-06-21

Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

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


medRxiv: Casirivimab and imdevimab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial

RECOVERY Collaborative Group, Horby PW, Mafham M, et al. Casirivimab and imdevimab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial. medRxiv 2021.06.15.21258542; doi: 10.1101/2021.06.15.21258542

BMJ: Characterising the background incidence rates of adverse events of special interest for covid-19 vaccines in eight countries: multinational network cohort study 

Li X, Ostropolets A, Makadia R, et al. Characterizing the incidence of adverse events of special interest for COVID-19 vaccines across eight countries: a multinational network cohort study. BMJ 2021;373:n1435. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n1435

Nature Communications: Design of COVID-19 staged alert systems to ensure healthcare capacity with minimal closures 

Yang H, Sürer Ö, Duque D, et al. Design of COVID-19 staged alert systems to ensure healthcare capacity with minimal closures. Nat Commun. 2021 Jun 18;12(1):3767. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-23989-x. PMID: 34145252.

NEJM: Immunotherapy for MIS-C - IVIG, Glucocorticoids, and Biologics (Editorial)

DeBiasi RL. Immunotherapy for MIS-C - IVIG, Glucocorticoids, and Biologics. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jun 16. doi: 10.1056/NEJMe2108276. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34133878.

Lancet Glob Health: Resetting the agenda for antibiotic resistance through a health systems perspective 

Cars O, Chandy SJ, Mpundu M, et al. Resetting the agenda for antibiotic resistance through a health systems perspective. Lancet Glob Health. 2021 Jul;9(7):e1022-e1027. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00163-7. PMID: 34143980.


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: Mask related acne (“maskne”) and other facial dermatoses


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 COVID-19 Crisis Support Group

A new group has been launched as part of MedShr's COVID-19 education programme in response to the current challenges in India. The group is 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.


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