Brazilian senators investigating President Jair Bolsonaro's pandemic response have pulled back from charging him with mass homicide and genocide but appear to moving ahead with charges of crimes against humanity, CNN reports.   In a 1,200-page report, the Senate’s Pandemic…

It’s the breathing, not just the coughing.   Up to 90% of tuberculosis bacteria from an infected person may be carried in aerosols released when they exhale deeply, according to a study by University of Cape Town researchers presented yesterday at the 52nd Union World…

Russia’s COVID-19 situation is a black box, according to independent demographers and data analysts who’ve been pushed out of their posts for challenging official numbers and highlighting nonsensical patterns emerging in regional reporting.  

Colin Powell’s cancer left the history-making former general and US Secretary of State with an impaired immune system that couldn’t fight off complications from COVID-19, AP reports.   Powell, who was vaccinated against COVID-19, had been treated in recent years for…

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.…

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…

With 6 in 7 COVID-19 infections going undetected in Africa, the WHO Regional Office for Africa announced a new initiative to boost testing in 8 countries over the next year.   Stronger screening could help break transmission chains in Africa, where vaccine coverage is…

An FDA panel voted unanimously to recommended half-dose booster shots of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans: People over 65 years old, 18-64 year-olds at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 because of their jobs or living…