China is moving quickly on multiple fronts—using lockdowns and mass testing—to quash new COVID-19 outbreaks in the eastern part of the country,

Washington has backpedaled its relaxed mask guidance, and is poised to announce a vaccine mandate for federal employees and contractors today,

The environment is bearing a heavy burden of collateral damage from the pandemic—in the form of PPE waste.  

Tanzania has reached a major milestone in this pandemic: acknowledgment.  

Vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans are dropping their masks as the CDC is taking hits for recent murky guidance. 

Fully vaccinated Americans can essentially go maskless for most normal activities, including large indoor gatherings, according to 

Hear ye, hear ye!   Town criers are weeping this year as one of Britain’s great eccentricities just got even more eccentric: The British Town Crier Championships will be silent. 

Until a month ago, the CDC considered surgical masks sufficient protection for frontline health workers caring for patients outside of COVID-19 ICUs. By the time it updated guidelines, most of the 3,500 U.S. health care worker deaths from COVID-19 had already occurred. 

In the US CDC’s 

Coronavirus cases are surging in Iraq amid widespread shirking of restrictions like mask-wearing and doubt about whether the pandemic is real.   New daily cases, which were under 600 a month ago, reached 3,896 on last week. Half of them involve the variant discovered in the…