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John Middleton

President's Spring 2022 message - part 1: War in Europe
Since ASPHER’s last newsletter, there has been a seismic shift in the health, economic and social condition of the people of Europe. Russia ceased its posturing and war games and invaded Ukraine...
President's Spring 2022 message - Part 2: The pandemic is not over!
 
The focus of European governments, and their citizens, has understandably shifted to Russia’s unprovoked, unjustifiable, and catastrophic war on Ukraine. But ignoring the SARs-COV-2...
President's Spring 2022 message - Part 3
Since ASPHER’s last newsletter, there has been a seismic shift in the health, economic and social condition of the people of Europe. Russia ceased its posturing and war games and invaded Ukraine...
February 2022 President's Message: Better to jaw, jaw...??
As Churchill said, ‘it is better to jaw, jaw, than to war, war’. Never has that been more starkly obvious than in the Europe of early 2022. If you step out of the recently reopened ASPHER office...
December 2021 President's Message
Season's greetings from the President May we all, according to our beliefs, enjoy, celebrate, reflect, share and give in our December festivals (some just passed). Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas,...
President's Message December 2021 Part 3: From our English correspondent
For the second year running, Christmas is saved!
The United Kingdom Prime Minister has again saved Christmas. Last year Alpha (formerly ‘Kent’ variant of concern) appeared. Boris Johnson...
President's Message: Shames of our time: Climate breakdown
 A COP26 special message from ASPHER President COP-out 26? Anger, disappointment, betrayal. This month we have seen the COP26 in Glasgow agree to add only a bit more fuel to the fires consuming our...
Vaccination Works - but in COVID-19, It Can't Work Alone
This autumn, I have been greatly exercised by vaccination. I was delighted to be able to present my thoughts to forums in France, Spain, in Israel (twice) and in the UK. For a meeting of the Grand Colloque...
ASPHER President's Message - June 2021
Greetings to all our ASPHER members, colleagues and partners, as we go into the summer months for Europeans, full of the promise of ‘freedom’ and the end of the pandemic… It comes only...
ASPHER President's Message - A Bridge for Peace
This month, I am not reviewing the state of the pandemic across Europe. You can find great summaries every week of the current state in your country and sub-region on the ASPHER COVID-19...
A shot in the arm? Or shot in the foot? Where is Europe going in its pandemic response?
A shot in the arm? Or shot in the foot? Where is Europe going in its pandemic response?  We should begin by celebrating the extraordinary impact and power of vaccination. It is one of the iconic...
ASPHER President's Message - March 2021
‘More to life than COVID!’ ASPHER has been active this year implementing our 2025 strategy, reviewing our governance arrangements and building our partnerships. Our 2025 Strategy seeks to...
ASPHER President's Message - February 2021
Greetings to all our members in 2021. The first month of 2021 has been disastrous for the health of Europeans and for health globally. I wrote before Christmas warning we would pay for Christmas COVID...
Planning for an Outbreak of Health
Christmas COVID Fun The British government has finally taken the message about the unfairness and inequalities in health arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and tried to equalise it around the country....
ASPHER President's Holiday Message: A Happy Festive Season to You All
A HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON TO YOU ALL 
May we all, according to our beliefs, enjoy, celebrate, reflect,
share and give in our December festivals (some just passed). 
Wishing you all...
November President's Message Part 2: From the ASPHER COVID-19 Task Force: Three Faces of COVID
Figure: Venetian Three Faces Theatre Mask On the pandemic front, ASPHER’s task force continues to be active, coordinating and facilitating thinking, and supporting our members in their efforts,...
ASPHER September 2020 Newsletter: Message from the President
I hope you have all been able to get some rest and respite over the summer. For many of us, the summer has been one of continuing duties – working on our schools’ plans for reopening or virtual...
ASPHER August 2020 Newsletter: Message from the President
Many of us are trying to take some summertime out for rest and recovery from the pandemic. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus isn’t. It may be biding its time, ready to take us on again in the autumn. In the...
The English Pandemic
From our UK correspondent: A personal blog from John Middleton, President of ASPHER 

Photo: Large crowds headed to the beach in Bournemouth, UK to bask in the hot weather on 24 June 2020.
It...
The danse-macabre moves offline, out of sight, out of mind
Every Sunday or Monday, until now, a danse-macabre had played out from the press gathering at Number 10 Downing Street. In the Medieval allegory, skeletons joyfully skipped and jigged, leading us damned...
ASPHER June 2020 Newsletter: Message from the President
The world is in peril. Pandemics of COVID-19, racism and political incompetence threaten us all. A perfect storm of pandemic disease, crop failure, economic austerity and civil unrest confronts many of...
ASPHER statement on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak emergency
Authors: John Middleton, Jose M. Martin-Moreno, Henrique Barros, Laurent Chambaud & Carlo Signorelli
For the full list of signatories see https://www.aspher.org/aspher-covid19-statement-signatories.html.
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ASPHER Winter 2020 Message from the President

ASPHER President John Middleton's Message to ASPHER Members from the Winter 2020 Newsletter.

Post-election UK: A set back and a challenge for the global public health community

Post-election United Kingdom: A set back and a challenge for the global public health community

The von der Leyen Commission: ASPHER welcomes Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner-designate for Innovation and Youth

ASPHER would like to congratulate Mariya Gabriel of Bulgaria, who was selected for Commissioner for Innovation and Youth by European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.

The von der Leyen Commission: Mission Letter to Commissioner-designate for Health, Stella Kyriakides

On Tuesday, 10 September 2019, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her selected team to lead her programme ‘for a Union that strives for more’ and released her Mission Letter to Commissioner-designate for Health, Stella Kyriakides of Cyprus. Dr. Kyriakides is a medical psychologist with many years of experience in the field of social affairs, health and cancer prevention. 

John Middleton's Presidential Statement as part of the Opening Ceremony, Erice, Sicily, May 26th 2019

John Middleton Presidential Statement as part of the Opening Ceremony, Erice, Sicily, May 26th 2019

There is no civilisation without public health.