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Hard Numbers: Spanish health workers bear the brunt, Wuhan's legit death toll, and ISIS escapees

Hard Numbers: Spanish health workers bear the brunt, Wuhan's legit death toll, and ISIS escapees

40,000: As a months-long lockdown on the Chinese city of Wuhan – ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic – is slowly being lifted, skeptics are throwing shade on the official government narrative, which puts Wuhan's death toll at just 2,500. As funeral homes release cremated ashes to family members of those who succumbed to the disease, residents say there have likely been over 40,000 deaths in Wuhan from COVID-19.


12,300: About 12,300 Spanish healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 as they grapple with one of the biggest outbreaks in the world. Medical professionals now account for-some 14 percent of all cases reported in the country. It's harder to fight a disease when the people fighting the disease are laid low by the disease.

1,000: Kurdish forces said some 1,000 ISIS fighters were still rampaging through a prison facility in northeastern Syria, after staging an uprising. The prison in the Syrian city of Hasaka houses around 5,000 former ISIS members detained after the self-declared Islamic State was mostly overrun last year.

0: Out of dozens of prominent economists surveyed in a new University of Chicago study, precisely zero of them supported the idea that leaving severe lockdowns in place is worse for the economy than releasing them, for as long as the risk of infections remains high. President Trump has recently backed off his idea of "reopening" the economy by Easter and has prolonged social distancing guidelines through the end of April.

Carbon has a bad rep, but did you know it's a building block of life? As atoms evolved, carbon trapped in CO2 was freed, giving way to the creation of complex molecules that use photosynthesis to convert carbon to food. Soon after, plants, herbivores, and carnivores began populating the earth and the cycle of life began.

Learn more about how carbon created life on Earth in the second episode of Eni's Story of CO2 series.

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GZERO Media, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group, today hosted its second virtual town hall on the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges of its distribution.

The panel was moderated by New York Times science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli and featured Gates Foundation's Deputy Director of Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Lynda Stuart; Eurasia Group's Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director of Energy, Climate & Resources; Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman; and Gayle E. Smith, the president & CEO of ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Watch the full video above.

Join us today, September 29th, at 11 am ET for a GZERO Town Hall livestream event, Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic, to learn about the latest in the global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Watch here at 11am ET: https://www.gzeromedia.com/events/town-hall-ending-the-covid-19-pandemic-livestream/

Our panel will discuss where things really stand on vaccine development, the political and economic challenges of distribution, and what societies need to be focused on until vaccine arrives in large scale. This event is the second in a series presented by GZERO Media in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group.

Apoorva Mandavilli, science & global health reporter for the New York Times, will moderate a conversation with:

  • Lynda Stuart, Deputy Director, Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director, Energy, Climate & Resources, Eurasia Group
  • Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Gayle E. Smith, President & CEO, ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development

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700,000: An additional 700,000 Syrian children may go hungry this year due to the combined effects of the war-ravaged country's economic implosion, as well as coronavirus restrictions, pushing the total number of food-insecure kids in Syria to over 4.6 million, according to Save the Children. Two thirds of surveyed children have not eaten any fresh fruit in three months.

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