Vaccinated people can pass the Delta variant to their vaccinated housemates, though at lower rates than to unvaccinated people, according to a new Lancet study from Imperial College London, Reuters reports. 

By year’s end, just 5 African countries will meet the World Health Assembly goal of fully vaccinating 40% of their populations against COVID-19, WHO Africa said yesterday.   Takeaways: 

Puerto Rico leads the US in COVID-19 immunizations with more than 73% of the population fully vaccinated. The US territory also has one of the country’s lowest community transmission rates.   All while still recovering from Hurricane Maria, and with a poverty rate of 43.5%…

In Ukraine, Russia, and other parts of Eastern Europe, COVID-19 vaccines are plentiful—but confidence is not, the AP reports.   Even medical workers are hesitant to get vaccinated in parts of Ukraine; 30% of the employees at a hospital in Biliaivka, near Odesa, have shunned…

Could the next COVID-19 treatment already be in the global medicine cabinet?   In a project looking at 8 drugs to find out, 1 inexpensive antidepressant looks promising, AP reports. Major advantage: The drug is already widely available in many poorer…

Vaccine mandates can be a key tool in limiting the pandemic’s spread—but Cambodia’s mandates threaten human rights, according to Human Rights Watch.   Mandates handed down by the Phnom Penh governor this month require proof of vaccination for everyone ages 6 and up to enter…

A world impatient and in mourning is desperate for encouraging news, but a WHO committee said it anyway, “The pandemic is far from finished.”   There are signs of progress in vaccine and therapeutics access, but the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said …

As misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines swarmed social media last March, Facebook employees came up with effective ways to downplay misleading posts.   The efforts pushed misinformation down in people’s news feeds and boosted reliable information, AP reports. A test with…

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may soon reach young children in the US, but it remains largely elusive in Africa.   Quick takes:  

A new mutated form of Delta known as AY.4.2 may spread more easily than regular Delta, the BBC reports.