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…

How do prisons and jails isolate COVID-19 patients? Often, it’s solitary confinement, forcing patients to recuperate under the same dehumanizing conditions as those put “in the hole” as punishment. Unlike COVID-19 patients, those punished with solitary get an hour a day…

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…

Public health, long underfunded and neglected, is now flat-out under attack by enraged extremists and lawmakers intent on limiting health officials’ powers, the New York Times concludes after 140 interviews with health authorities and others.   Facing physical threats and…

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.  

During the early COVID-19 vaccine campaigns in South Sudan, Gabon and Somalia, just 30% of people vaccinated were women—raising concerns that women were being left behind across Africa as well as Asia and the Middle East, the AP reports.   Possible reasons include…

The US FDA authorized a vaping product for the first time yesterday, greenlighting marketing of Vuse Solo tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes and cartridges.   The agency’s rationale: Tobacco-flavored products could help adult smokers cut back on traditional…

Picture 2 scenarios. You’re a health care worker dealing with the uncertainties of effective treatment protocols early in the pandemic. You prescribe antibiotics for a patient with COVID-19 to treat a possible co-infection or secondary infection, although you’re not sure…

People and publications—including GHN—have come to take for granted the now-ubiquitous Johns Hopkins website documenting COVID-19 data around the world.   But the data driving that machine is getting harder to come by in the US.   36 states have “pulled back” from daily…