💊 India cancels 18 pharma licenses; Novartis cycles its way to cancer drugs; Getting schooled by the WHO
#307 | Alzheimer’s meds shrink your brain; Poor climate action UK cannot explain; Fake news spread uniquely human bane
Hello there. Welcome to another edition of The Kable where you'll learn a thing or two about tackling misinformation, in humans and animals.
The pandemic saw misinformation running wild, and the WHO is not having it anymore. This month, it convened a technical consultation to initiate the development of a global curriculum for infodemic management.
Switzerland’s Novartis is investing $50 million upfront in an R&D alliance with UK’s Bicycle Therapeutics to develop better radiopharmaceuticals for cancer.
Bristol Myers Squibb and Evotec can’t get enough of each other; after a highly productive partnership that began in 2016, they’re broadening their strategic neurodegeneration alliance and extending it for another 8 years.
In Tunisia, amidst an unrelenting drought, authorities have begun to cut off night-time drinking water supply in some parts of the capital and other cities.
In Somalia as well, an extended drought has limited people’s access to safe water and sanitation services. Consequently, the country has witnessed nearly 2,000 suspected cholera cases this year, with measles and diarrhoea only adding to the burden.
In addition to Somalia, 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa are also struggling with cholera outbreaks. The situation is so dire that UNICEF is seeking $171 million to support the 28 million inhabitants of the regions affected by the cholera emergency.
Over in Burundi, a mystery disease characterised by abdominal pain, nasal bleeding, fever, headaches, and vomiting has claimed three lives in three days.
Down under, a three-year-old boy from South Australia has contracted measles, the first case reported in South Australia since 2019 and the fourth in all of Australia this year.
With temperatures in South Korea higher than they were last year, Culex tritaeniorhynchus mosquitoes have been detected in the country. The Korea CDC has issued a nationwide Japanese encephalitis advisory earlier in the year than usual.
Last year, in spite of a decrease in emissions from its own activity, Unilever saw an overall 2% increase in its greenhouse gas emissions. The culprit? Your post-pandemic use of hairspray and deodorant.
And finally, a new World Bank report claims that 20% of Bangladesh’s premature deaths can be pinned on air pollution, but there are cost-effective solutions to clean the air up.