Researchers in Brazil puzzling over the country’s higher-than-expected death rate believe COVID-19 cases are 12 times higher than the government’s number, with inadequate and slow testing clouding the counts, Reuters

In the massive push to get a COVID-19 vaccine to market, drugmakers are looking to do within a year what often takes a decade or more, Bloomberg reports.   70+ coronavirus vaccine candidates are in the works worldwide—3 of them have reached the human trial stage.  

COVID-19’s next devastating consequence: hunger. A collection of food companies, the UN Foundation, and others are warning that COVID-19 could cause the number of people suffering chronic hunger to double in the coming months, The Guardian reports.

Wealthy countries are throwing their weight—and cash—around in the global scramble for masks, gloves, gowns, and test kits. 

COVID-19’s multiple frontlines now include at least 46 countries across the African continent. Many, including Ethiopia, have frontline health care facilities battling without one of the most critical tools: adequate water and sanitation.

“This is the humanitarian mission of our lifetimes. And we won’t win every battle,” the chief medical officer of a New York City health system wrote to her staff last week. She warned that patients requiring ICU-level care were going to surpass their resources, according to…

Dialysis has barely changed in 50 years. It still involves hooking patients up to inefficient blood-filtering machines that attempt to replicate the kidney’s complex work.   The process uses huge quantities of water, power—and money; some $91,000 a year per patient in the…

Last week in Forbes, Madhukar Pai wrote about the failings of reciprocity in global health last week. He closed that piece by requesting crowd-sourced solutions for making reciprocity a reality.   Here’s a sampling of feedback that the director of McGill Global Health…

Reciprocity is a core tenet of global health. Does it play out in practice? Not really, writes Madhukar Pai in this 2-part series.   For every 10 US-based students hosted in an African University, just 1 African travels the other way. The barriers to entry are many.  …

Ample research cites unequal distribution of child mortality according to wealth, geography, and education. Yet few studies address ethnicity, write Joanna R.M. Armstrong Schellenberg and Della Berhanu of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.