In the absence of vaccines and in the throes of a vicious second wave of COVID-19 in January, desperate South Africans turned to an unproven drug: ivermectin.   The antiparasitic drug has been used by millions of people around the world trying to prevent and treat COVID-19—…

Measles outbreaks may be more likely in the near future, after the number of infants missing their first vaccination jumped by 3 million last year—the largest increase in 20 years, according to a WHO/US CDC report published yesterday.   Takeaways:

COVID-19 has “exposed some things that are unsightly about us as a society”—including selfishness and an unwillingness “to sacrifice personal privilege for communal safety,” said Pastor Howard-John Wesley, DMin, of Alexandria, Virginia’s Alfred Street Baptist Church at…

“A village vanishes daily in Romania!” declares Catalin Cirstoiu, head of the Bucharest University Emergency Hospital, AP reports.    In recent weeks, Romania has reported the world’s highest per-capita COVID-19 death rate, The New York Times reports.  

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…

As country representatives continue to negotiate gritty details of agreements at the COP26 UN climate conference, WHO announced today that 50 countries have committed to building climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems. 

Kanpur, India is seeing a surge of Zika cases—with at least 89 people, including 17 children, testing positive as of Monday.

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.