Governors, researchers, and others have decried the abrupt change in US government COVID-19 data collection and sharing that’s injected confusion into an already-faltering national response.

Tensions between US and China boiled over at the virtual 73rd World Health Assembly yesterday, amid calls for investigations into source of the virus in China and the WHO’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

China upped the number of coronavirus deaths in Wuhan by 50% earlier today—while denying there had been a cover-up, Reuters reports.   The numbers climbed from 1,290 to 3,869, raising the country’s official death toll to 4,632.

China has announced new restrictions on academic research into the origins of COVID-19. A government directive reportedly told Chinese universities that all academic papers on the virus that causes COVID-19 will be subject to extra scrutiny and require official approval.

COVID-19 is giving the world a glimpse of the high-stakes science performed by infectious disease modelers who drive policymakers’ decision-making.

Brazil’s isolated indigenous tribes are already particularly vulnerable to any contagious diseases. As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, evangelical missionaries are setting up shop dangerously close to their home base. 

In the absence of government action on human trafficking, teachers in Mexico are using games to break the cycle of human trafficking.   A common ambition among students: “‘I want to be a trafficker like my grandfather,’” says a project leader in Tlaxcala state, a…

In a rare move, a UN commission singled out Russia for its involvement in the mass killing of Syrians.   The UN doesn’t usually attribute such attacks—it relies on the Syrian government and its Russian backers to distribute humanitarian relief.   But this latest report …

During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberian volunteers helped limit the scope of the devastating epidemic with a simple strategy: Get the word out.   That approach could offer a template for other countries where government mistrust stymies outbreak response efforts.  

There are few jobs more dangerous than working inside Pakistan’s Balochistan coal mines. Each day thousands of workers—men and children—face explosions, collapsing mine walls, and suffocation.     All for just dollars a day.    “We work with no facilities, no training and…