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…

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…

Cities across the globe are ground zero for rising temperatures.   A key reason: The “urban heat island” effect that can leave city centers considerably warmer than surrounding areas. London, for example, can be 10C hotter during extreme heat events than…

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

Brisk and blunt, a report released today by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board castigates global leaders for the disastrous response to COVID-19 and prescribes immediate steps that need to be taken before the next pandemic hits.  

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

Tracking the coronavirus’s movements across sub-Saharan Africa has been difficult because of limited reporting and testing capacity. A new Lancet Global Health study, however, adds valuable insights, showing that in Ethiopia, the virus was spreading fast at the end of 2020…