COVID-19 has opened up a “historic opportunity” to forge a new public health order in Africa, says African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat.

A study in England supplies the strongest evidence to date that COVID-19 poses a higher risk of rare cardiovascular conditions than vaccines.   Oxford University researchers estimated 40 extra myocarditis events in 1 million people infected with COVID-19—compared to between…

It’s still early days for Omicron, but the facts on the ground are daunting: It’s already spread to 77 countries and is soon to become the dominant variant in Denmark, the UK, and elsewhere.   All signs point to a dangerous several months ahead.   Insights: 

First, the good news: A new study of Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill showed it dropped the risk of hospitalization and death by 89%, if taken within 3 days of symptoms onset, The New York Times reports.   The findings, based on a study of 2,246 unvaccinated people, are expected to…

New COVID-19 cases in Africa soared 83% in the past week, 

One of the most pivotal failures in the US’s early response to COVID-19 was the CDC’s distribution of faulty coronavirus tests to labs nationwide. In a special report, Dan Vergano at BuzzFeed News puts this debacle under the microscope, using federal investigation records…

Enough COVID-19 vaccines have been made to inoculate most of the world. But dozens of low-income countries still face shortages because rich nations are stockpiling hundreds of millions more doses than they need, STAT News reports. 

In what may be a preview for the US and other countries, Omicron’s UK invasion is causing a “tidal wave” of infections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday.   And today: The country confirmed the first Omicron-linked death, Reuters reports.  

More than half a billion people were pushed into poverty—or deeper into extreme poverty— because of health care costs, new evidence from the WHO and the World Bank finds. And that was before the pandemic. COVID-19 has only worsened the situation.

A version of the Omicron variant, capable of slinking under the radar among positive PCR tests, could complicate tracking efforts.   The clandestine version, found in recent coronavirus genomes from South Africa, Australia and Canada, still shows up as a coronavirus in…