In a North Korean hospital, 10 patients with COVID-19 symptoms were sent to an unheated ward typically used to treat tuberculosis, Radio Free Asia reports; they later died amid freezing temperatures.   The hospital, in Chongjin, then falsified the cause of their deaths—…

Some people prone to acute immune system reactions or other health issues have been reluctant to get COVID-19 vaccines, fearing rare but potentially serious side effects.   They may soon have a new option: vaccines made from purified proteins.   How they’re…

In the southwestern Chinese town of Ruili, residents are speaking out about the reality of living under the country’s zero-transmission policy. They rail against restrictions that have forbidden businesses from selling goods and left residents “starving inside makeshift…

Things aren’t going quite as promised at the CDC under Rochelle Walensky, who pledged to fix the embattled agency.   It was an ambitious goal for the stunningly successful researcher and political outsider.   She’s made some blatant missteps (including asserting that…

Back in 2017, scientists discovered a coronavirus causing mild illness in health workers in Haiti—it’s 99.4% identical to one discovered 11,000 miles away in Malaysia in May that probably jumped from dogs to people, according to a Clinical Infectious Diseases study.  

The US shortage of at-home rapid tests is totally foreign to its peers across the Atlantic, “where at-home tests are ubiquitous and as cheap as a decent cappuccino.”   The problem is rooted in the same testing woes that have dogged the country throughout the pandemic:…

African scientists are working hard to test new drugs against COVID-19 that would also be affordable, but they are running into significant challenges, Nature reports.   Why new drugs are needed:

2 Ecuadorian scientists face 10–13 years in prison after being embroiled in a criminal case involving Quito’s purchase of allegedly sub-par COVID-19 tests.   Scientists and universities have come out in defense of molecular biologist Linda Guamán and public health scientist…

Kids ages 5–11 will begin rolling up their sleeves in the US this week after a CDC expert panel endorsed use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 pediatric vaccine yesterday.   The panel voted 14–0 to recommend the vaccine’s use, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky approved the…

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is poised to serve a second term as the WHO chief—he’s the sole nominee for the top job, according to Western diplomats.   Among the supporters: France, Germany and other EU members, plus 3 African countries—Botswana, Kenya and…