The white upper classes initially brought COVID-19 to Brazil, but now poorer black and mixed-race communities are being particularly hard-hit.   As in the US, research has shown that COVID-19 is deadlier for black Brazilians than for whites, driven by stark health…

­­­­Archie C. Gbessay is hard to get on the phone. When I caught him over a patchy Facebook call in early April, he was rushing through the streets of West Point—Monrovia’s largest slum—checking on hand-washing stations.

The WHO called into question the extent that asymptomatic people are spreading COVID-19, launching a global debate, The Hill reports.

Europe has a roadblock in its quest for pharmaceutical self-sufficiency: a reliance on American blood plasma.   Blood plasma is a crucial element in developing drugs, and that includes experimental COVID-19 treatments.   But while US donors are paid for donating blood used…

China has lauded its own COVID-19 response in a vigorous defense published Sunday, calling the situation a “test of fire” that the country responded to quickly and decisively, The New York Times reports.  

Storms don’t care that there’s a pandemic. Between hurricanes lashing the coastal south and eastern seaboard and wildfires blazing uncontrollably in the west, natural disaster season is coming for the US. Experts are trying to figure out how to keep people safe in the midst…

Shutdowns potentially blocked 530 million COVID-19 infections in 6 countries including the US and China, The Washington Post reports, citing a study preview Nature published today.

Before COVID-19, Sister Astridah Banda—a Catholic nun in Zambia— offered up maternal health advice over the airwaves. Now she’s pivoted to address the COVID-19 crisis in local languages.   English is Zambia’s official language—but over 70 languages are spoken across the…

Coronavirus communicators are finally getting to know an inevitable ally: the influencer. To reach vulnerable communities at the local level, the NoCovid project—the National Organizing Coalition On Virus Information Distribution—enlists celebrities and scientists alike to…

One of the biggest questions around an eventual COVID-19 vaccine: Will it be equitably deployed throughout the world?   Inspired by previous efforts around Ebola and pneumococcal vaccines,