Politics and science collided again yesterday in the ongoing search for the pandemic’s origins as the US NIH castigated a research organization for failing to update the agency on findings from experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  

It’s the breathing, not just the coughing.   Up to 90% of tuberculosis bacteria from an infected person may be carried in aerosols released when they exhale deeply, according to a study by University of Cape Town researchers presented yesterday at the 52nd Union World…

Russia’s COVID-19 situation is a black box, according to independent demographers and data analysts who’ve been pushed out of their posts for challenging official numbers and highlighting nonsensical patterns emerging in regional reporting.  

Colin Powell’s cancer left the history-making former general and US Secretary of State with an impaired immune system that couldn’t fight off complications from COVID-19, AP reports.   Powell, who was vaccinated against COVID-19, had been treated in recent years for…

The long slog of polio eradication got a boost yesterday as the new Taliban government in Afghanistan okayed resumption of a house-to-house vaccination campaign. The Taliban’s greenlight means 3.3 million children who were out of reach of vaccinators may now be vaccinated…

Anthony Fauci was assigned security guards after receiving death threats amid the pandemic. Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst was placed in a safe house with his family after a military sniper threatened virologists.   The risks go beyond high-profile examples.…

The first oral antiviral for COVID-19 could be a pandemic “game changer,” allowing patients to be treated at home and thus freeing up hospital space. But will wealthy countries buy up supplies of molnupiravir, mimicking last year’s “vaccine grab.”   As Merck seeks FDA…

With 6 in 7 COVID-19 infections going undetected in Africa, the WHO Regional Office for Africa announced a new initiative to boost testing in 8 countries over the next year.   Stronger screening could help break transmission chains in Africa, where vaccine coverage is…

An FDA panel voted unanimously to recommended half-dose booster shots of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans: People over 65 years old, 18-64 year-olds at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 because of their jobs or living…

Deaths from tuberculosis, now the second deadliest infectious killer after COVID-19, climbed worldwide for the first time in a decade—a reversal of progress the WHO’s latest TB report ties directly to the pandemic.