Kids ages 5–11 will begin rolling up their sleeves in the US this week after a CDC expert panel endorsed use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 pediatric vaccine yesterday.   The panel voted 14–0 to recommend the vaccine’s use, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky approved the…

Boys and young men made up 61% of global deaths among people ages 10 to 24 in 2019, according to a new Lancet report that suggests young males are being left behind in global efforts to address mortality.   Among males between 10 and 14 years old across all regions, most…

As global leaders gear up for next week’s UN climate change conference in Glasgow, yet more win-win data is emerging about the benefits of reducing carbon emissions.  

The long slog of polio eradication got a boost yesterday as the new Taliban government in Afghanistan okayed resumption of a house-to-house vaccination campaign. The Taliban’s greenlight means 3.3 million children who were out of reach of vaccinators may now be vaccinated…

Pregnancy and childbirth resulting from child marriage kills more than 60 girls a day—~22,000 a year, according to a new analysis by Save the Children shared on yesterday’s International Day of the Girl Child.  

The WHO recommended widespread use yesterday of a malaria vaccine among children in areas of high transmission, creating the potential to save tens of thousands of lives every year.   The first-ever recommendation for a malaria vaccine follows a pilot program of the RTS,S…

During Brazil’s 2016 Zika outbreak, parents of babies born with the syndrome stepped up to join studies.   Now, they feel used, accusing researchers of failing to communicate study results.   In the rush to collect data, some researchers concede they fell short on clearly…

England has nixed school mask mandates, embracing a more laissez-faire approach even as cases and COVID-related absences soar among school-age children, The New York Times reports. Government officials say the numbers support the decision:

In the first half of 2021, nearly 20% of 15-24-year-olds reported often feeling depressed, according to a UNICEF/Gallup survey of young people across 21 countries, The Guardian reports.   Country by country:

​​The Ethiopian government is attempting to expel top UN officials for “meddling” in its affairs, 11 months into a grinding conflict with the northern Tigray region that has left thousands dead and forced 2 million people from their homes, Reuters reported.