Russia has been battling record numbers of daily deaths from COVID-19 in the past week, with 25,781 new coronavirus cases and 883 deaths reported today, according to The Moscow Times. 

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.

Vaccines, vaccines, vaccines… What about COVID-19 treatments?   More are in the works:  

83 aid workers charged with fighting Ebola used their positions to sexually abuse and exploit women and girls during the 2018–2020 outbreak in the DRC, according to an independent commission report released yesterday.   

While US FDA and CDC advisory panels recommended a Pfizer booster jab for certain groups last week, some panelists said a J&J booster should be the focus, NPR reports.  

Medical workers aren’t the only ones suffering burnout during COVID-19 in the US. The pandemic is exacting a steep toll from public health workers as well.   Meet Alexandra, a public health policy researcher for a municipal agency in a large northeastern city. She did 3…

18X more heatwaves in Afghanistan. 10X more crop failures in Mali.   Today’s children will face dire consequences of climate change that their grandparents were spared, according to a new study from Save the Children and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Thomson Reuters…

​​“In world of wealth, 9 million people die every year from hunger,” WFP Chief David Beasley told world leaders gathered virtually yesterday for the UN General Assembly’s Food System Summit.   Globally, the AP reports:

In an era rife with challenges, there’s still “an abundance of good things” happening—with some caveats, NIH chief Francis Collins said yesterday in a virtual conversation with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kelly Henning about the key issues facing the US in this next phase of…

Under mounting pressure to do more to end the pandemic, the White House made fresh commitments in a virtual summit yesterday and implored other world leaders to join an “all hands on deck” effort, Reuters reports.