The UK is set to offer the entire population twice-a-week testing beginning on Friday, though the plan is drawing fire from critics.   Different takes:

Horrific anti-Asian violence in the US during this pandemic is part of a long line of outbreaks fueling fear of the “other.”

At least 14 people have died of an unidentified flu-like illness in Kasongo-Lunda, in the DRC province of Kwango, 

Responding to the rise of variants, the US FDA has issued new guidance for pharmaceutical companies on adapting COVID-19 

As vaccination programs race to get ahead of more contagious new coronavirus variants, will rapid tests be a linchpin of success?  

Migrant workers are struggling to get during Thailand’s worst COVID-19 outbreak so far; and for many, government aid and essential-for-work tests are out of reach.   While the Thai government has assured that high-risk individuals would receive free COVID-19 testing and…

In Somalia, there are fears COVID-19 is simply blending in as “yet another poorly diagnosed but deadly fever” as extremist groups make it hard to extend diagnostics and, eventually, vaccines to parts of the country,

Early in its COVID-19 fight, China was dogged by testing shortages that made getting diagnosed akin to “winning the lottery”—though many tests delivered false negatives.   What was to blame? “Secrecy and cronyism” at the top disease control agency, AP reports.   Obscure…

A study of more than 100,000 pediatric patients confirms COVID-19 has mostly spared children the worst outcomes, but it “doesn’t attempt to explain” why,