The Biden administration is expected to nominate John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC, to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in the coming days.   Nkengasong, a Cameroon-born virologist, would be the first person of African origin to head the US…

COVID-19 and the climate took center stage as the United Nations General Assembly opened up yesterday, under an honor system vaccination requirement for in-person attendees.   Nevertheless, it was Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro—who reportedly isn’t…

60% of the 55 million families affected by Alzheimer’s globally live in low- and middle-income countries—yet the vast majority of genetic research on the disease has been limited to westerners.

Who, if anyone, needs a COVID-19 booster shot, and when? The debate is far from settled.   In a high-stakes meeting tomorrow, FDA advisors will give their non-binding recommendation on whether to approve Pfizer’s booster application, STAT reports.    

Chile’s well-tuned vaccination campaign is an exemplar for wealthy countries and the rest of the world. 87% of eligible Chileans have been vaccinated. It has 36 million doses for its population of 19 million. It’s also approved vaccinations for children ages 6 to…

The Gates Foundation’s 5th annual Goalkeepers Report is out, and it zooms in on how the pandemic has derailed progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Released yesterday ahead of the UN General Assembly, which starts today, the report calls for ramped-up…

When Serbian forces bombed Sarajevo, Bosnia on May, 26, 1992, the pediatric hospital came under direct attack. Nurses scrambled to save 17 premature babies—carrying 2 or 3 apiece to the basement while bullets and shells rained down. 9 of the babies died.

Results from a new global survey released today show more than half of those who are unvaccinated in 50+ countries indicated they definitely or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Key reasons for hesitation, according to August 16–31 results from the survey, include:

A dengue fever outbreak is believed to have caused the deaths of 114 people—including 88 children—and sickening ~12,000 people since the beginning of the month, The Times of India reports.

There’s been plenty of alarm—but how likely are breakthrough infections, really?   Based on recent US data, it looks like around 1 in 5,000 per day, according to estimates from Utah, Virginia, and King County, Washington.   These odds vary by region and vaccination uptake.…