As heat waves and heat-related deaths rise in the US, the CDC’s climate program is the government’s “only sustained effort” to help cities and states adapt to climate change. But the decade-old program is chronically underfunded and hampered by political interference.  …

The WHO initially praised China for its “impressive” response and for promptly sharing the virus’s genetic code—but recorded meetings suggest this praise was more appeasement than substance.   Behind the plaudits, acrimony grew as China waited more than a week before…

Medical and public health experts are warning that President Trump’s decision to sever ties with the WHO will not only endanger the COVID-19 response but will roll back progress against other global health fights like polio, malaria, and vaccine delivery, CNN reports.

What happens if the US—the WHO’s biggest donor—pulls away from the organization?     President Trump has already frozen WHO funding and has threatened to make that permanent unless WHO can prove it’s not beholden to China.   Among other impacts, the US pullout would…

As the Trump administration cites the global pandemic to justify largely sealing the border, the US has ramped up deportations of vulnerable migrant children, sending them back to dire circumstances—in some cases without notifying their attorneys.  

36,000 deaths could have been averted had the US launched social distancing measures on March 8 instead of March 15, according to Columbia University researchers’ estimates that haven’t yet been peer reviewed. 

World leaders rebuffed US efforts to punish WHO and China over the pandemic, rallying instead for global solidarity at the World Health Assembly,

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.

A historic 73rd World Health Assembly is underway, amid a global high-stakes battle against the “worst pandemic in modern history, NPR Goats and Soda reports. The unprecedented gathering, for the first time ever taking place not in Geneva but via teleconference, gives…

Under an audacious plan known as “Operation Warp Speed,” President Trump has pledged to deliver “hundreds of millions” of COVID-19 vaccine doses by year’s end,STAT reports. If successful, the plan would shock the system of vaccine development, which usually takes years.