Okay, we got the word. Don’t attach place names to SARS-CoV-2 variants—they can be stigmatizing and even misleading.

Doctors in Burma (Myanmar) pledged to shut down government-run hospitals across the country to protest Monday’s new military coup,

As new SARS-CoV-2 mutations emerge, terms like “UK variant” or “South Africa variant” have become ubiquitous.  WHO is warning against the practice not only because such terms stigmatize countries for being forthcoming about what they’ve discovered—they can also be…

The Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine grabbed headlines this week after a preprint

About 70-85% of a population must become immune to COVID-19 to reach herd immunity, and the math, at least in the US, isn’t looking good.

The exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from COVID-19 vaccine trials poses difficult questions for families considering getting pregnant.  It’s still not known whether the shots are safe for expectant mothers, writes Anna Louie Sussman in The New Yorker.

Scarce hospital resources have exacerbated the pandemic’s toll.

Botched US efforts to collect demographic data on early COVID-19 vaccine recipients are making it tough to measure equity in early vaccine distribution. Key points:

India’s COVID caseload once rivaled the US—so why did cases there begin plummeting this fall, months before vaccinations began? Researchers say it’s not because of testing and reporting gaps—but the source of this success remains a genuine mystery. 

About 50 anti-vaccine protesters shut down a mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon,