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.  

For the immunocompromised, COVID-19 vaccines offer no sure route to normalcy, given the slim chance that the shots will provoke a sufficient immune response in them.   It’s difficult to pin down how many Americans fall into this category—but it’s estimated that if this…

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…

After its initial investigation into the origins of COVID-19 ended in a wobbly conclusion, the WHO launched a new team yesterday to take up the investigation. The 26-member Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) includes 6 who were part of a…

“Groupthink,” “fatalistic,” and “slow and gradualist.”   No government official would want these descriptors applied to their country’s response to COVID-19, yet that’s how a UK House of Commons committee report described UK efforts. The report said:

In the past decade, China—through a windfall of government funding and top-down policies—has embraced an AI-driven approach to medical innovations that can help relieve pressure on medical workers and health systems.   One example: An open-source algorithm…

The Namibian government is violating the indigenous San people’s right to health by neglecting the massive TB burden on the hunter-gatherer indigenous group, according to an Amnesty International report.

Another COVID-era innovation that may outlast the pandemic: a low-cost ventilator that could help fight other deadly respiratory diseases in low- and middle-income countries.    ICU ventilators are expensive and complex to maintain, making them scarce in low-resource…

The WHO recommended widespread use yesterday of a malaria vaccine among children in areas of high transmission, creating the potential to save tens of thousands of lives every year.   The first-ever recommendation for a malaria vaccine follows a pilot program of the RTS,S…

During Brazil’s 2016 Zika outbreak, parents of babies born with the syndrome stepped up to join studies.   Now, they feel used, accusing researchers of failing to communicate study results.   In the rush to collect data, some researchers concede they fell short on clearly…