Miami International Airport’s COVID screening efforts nosed up a notch with Cobra and One Betta: pups deployed to sniff people’s face coverings to detect the virus in sweat, breath, and scents emitted by metabolic changes in the body.     Long used to sniff out drugs, bombs…

Who, if anyone, needs a COVID-19 booster shot, and when? The debate is far from settled.   In a high-stakes meeting tomorrow, FDA advisors will give their non-binding recommendation on whether to approve Pfizer’s booster application, STAT reports.    

Chile’s well-tuned vaccination campaign is an exemplar for wealthy countries and the rest of the world. 87% of eligible Chileans have been vaccinated. It has 36 million doses for its population of 19 million. It’s also approved vaccinations for children ages 6 to…

Emerging data show the Moderna vaccine may retain higher effectiveness over Pfizer’s as months go by, but experts caution that it’s still early days and the comparisons may be flawed, Axios reports.

The Gates Foundation’s 5th annual Goalkeepers Report is out, and it zooms in on how the pandemic has derailed progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Released yesterday ahead of the UN General Assembly, which starts today, the report calls for ramped-up…

Booster COVID-19 vaccine doses are not currently needed for the general population, wrote 18 international vaccine experts in a Lancet commentary published yesterday.

There’s been plenty of alarm about vaccine breakthrough infections—but how likely are they, really?   Based on recent US data from recent weeks, it looks like around 1 in 5,000, according to estimates from Utah, Virginia, and King County, Washington, all of which have…

Men make up just 40% of those vaccinated against COVID-19 in South Africa—yet there is no evidence that vaccine hesitancy is more common among South African men.   Attitudes toward HIV testing may offer some insight into how ideas of masculinity play into vaccine avoidance…

Results from a new global survey released today show more than half of those who are unvaccinated in 50+ countries indicated they definitely or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Key reasons for hesitation, according to August 16–31 results from the survey, include:

There’s been plenty of alarm—but how likely are breakthrough infections, really?   Based on recent US data, it looks like around 1 in 5,000 per day, according to estimates from Utah, Virginia, and King County, Washington.   These odds vary by region and vaccination uptake.…