Russia’s COVID-19 situation is a black box, according to independent demographers and data analysts who’ve been pushed out of their posts for challenging official numbers and highlighting nonsensical patterns emerging in regional reporting.  

Colin Powell’s cancer left the history-making former general and US Secretary of State with an impaired immune system that couldn’t fight off complications from COVID-19, AP reports.   Powell, who was vaccinated against COVID-19, had been treated in recent years for…

How do prisons and jails isolate COVID-19 patients? Often, it’s solitary confinement, forcing patients to recuperate under the same dehumanizing conditions as those put “in the hole” as punishment. Unlike COVID-19 patients, those punished with solitary get an hour a day…

Anthony Fauci was assigned security guards after receiving death threats amid the pandemic. Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst was placed in a safe house with his family after a military sniper threatened virologists.   The risks go beyond high-profile examples.…

The first oral antiviral for COVID-19 could be a pandemic “game changer,” allowing patients to be treated at home and thus freeing up hospital space. But will wealthy countries buy up supplies of molnupiravir, mimicking last year’s “vaccine grab.”   As Merck seeks FDA…

Public health, long underfunded and neglected, is now flat-out under attack by enraged extremists and lawmakers intent on limiting health officials’ powers, the New York Times concludes after 140 interviews with health authorities and others.   Facing physical threats and…

With 6 in 7 COVID-19 infections going undetected in Africa, the WHO Regional Office for Africa announced a new initiative to boost testing in 8 countries over the next year.   Stronger screening could help break transmission chains in Africa, where vaccine coverage is…

An FDA panel voted unanimously to recommended half-dose booster shots of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans: People over 65 years old, 18-64 year-olds at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 because of their jobs or living…

For the immunocompromised, COVID-19 vaccines offer no sure route to normalcy, given the slim chance that the shots will provoke a sufficient immune response in them.   It’s difficult to pin down how many Americans fall into this category—but it’s estimated that if this…

During the early COVID-19 vaccine campaigns in South Sudan, Gabon and Somalia, just 30% of people vaccinated were women—raising concerns that women were being left behind across Africa as well as Asia and the Middle East, the AP reports.   Possible reasons include…