Birth workers of color believe that growing their ranks could help improve outcomes for Black mothers and babies—but it’s also an access issue.  

In central and South America, progress against tuberculosis is reversing for reasons not fully understood–-but it’s clear the scourge is increasingly concentrated in the region’s prisons.  Since 2000, TB has swelled in the population by 206%.

One possibility: US regulators could follow the lead of Europe, which limited the AstraZeneca vaccine to certain age groups; or it may add cautionary clauses,

The CDC and FDA recommended a temporary pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine in the US out of “an abundance of caution” over 6 cases of a rare but severe type of blood clot among recipients, 

Islamic scholars have urged Muslims not to delay COVID-19 vaccines on account of Ramadan–-but the holiday could still drive up hesitation.  

Days after declaring racism a “serious public health threat,” the CDC released a pair of studies quantifying COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on America’s communities of color,

In Mexico, COVID-19 vaccines are finally bringing a measure hope to a disappointing COVID-19 response (that has included disinfecting sidewalks), says Angélica López Hernández, a Mexico City-based consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Public health experts have largely offered up reassurance that existing COVID-19 vaccines work well against dominant variants, as

Human challenge trials, which deliberately expose participants to pathogens to test potential treatments or vaccines, have seen participants inhale flu strains and be bitten by malaria-infected mosquitoes.  

In West Virginia—a hotspot of the US opioid crisis—the Quick Response Team was born of a ‘day of reckoning’ in the city of Huntington, WV: On August 15, 2016, 28 people overdosed in 4 hours.