The COVAX facility launched early in the pandemic with the best of intentions: fair access for all countries to COVID-19 vaccines and a strong counter move to rich countries determined to buy up vaccines first.   But, then the inspired goals ran into reality and things fell…

The degradation of natural systems now threatens all aspects of health—and COVID-19 must serve as a turning point, warns the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health—a global call to action published Tuesday in The Lancet.  

Another COVID-era innovation that may outlast the pandemic: a low-cost ventilator that could help fight other deadly respiratory diseases in low- and middle-income countries.    ICU ventilators are expensive and complex to maintain, making them scarce in low-resource…

The WHO recommended widespread use yesterday of a malaria vaccine among children in areas of high transmission, creating the potential to save tens of thousands of lives every year.   The first-ever recommendation for a malaria vaccine follows a pilot program of the RTS,S…

People in major cities are exposed to deadly temperatures 3X more often than in the 1980s—with cities in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East bearing the brunt, according to a new analysis of 13,000+ cities.  

During Brazil’s 2016 Zika outbreak, parents of babies born with the syndrome stepped up to join studies.   Now, they feel used, accusing researchers of failing to communicate study results.   In the rush to collect data, some researchers concede they fell short on clearly…

England has nixed school mask mandates, embracing a more laissez-faire approach even as cases and COVID-related absences soar among school-age children, The New York Times reports. Government officials say the numbers support the decision:

The Biden administration yesterday reversed a Trump-era rule blocking federally funded family planning clinics from providing abortion referrals, The Hill reports.  

In the first half of 2021, nearly 20% of 15-24-year-olds reported often feeling depressed, according to a UNICEF/Gallup survey of young people across 21 countries, The Guardian reports.   Country by country:

The US CDC put out an urgent call yesterday for those who are pregnant to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after the agency reported rising numbers of infections during pregnancy.