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…

A new study from Uganda adds to long-brewing fears that drug-resistance malaria is gaining a foothold in Africa, the AP reports.  

From Nike to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, top brands are advertising on COVID-19 conspiracy sites—whether they know it or not, an investigation found.   Google is the key player in this “opaque by design” digital advertising market. Worth some $455 billion this…

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.  

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…

Possible ancestors of SARS-CoV-2 have been found in 3 coronaviruses in horseshoe bats that inhabit limestone caves in northern Laos, according to a not-yet-peer-reviewed article by Laotian and French researchers.  

Indoor residual spraying of insecticides is a tried-and-true method of malaria control—but a costly one, making scalability and sustainability a challenge. A new study of An. gambiae mosquitoes in 8 communities in northern Ghana found that partial spraying—targeting only…

Miami International Airport’s COVID screening efforts nosed up a notch with Cobra and One Betta: pups deployed to sniff people’s face coverings to detect the virus in sweat, breath, and scents emitted by metabolic changes in the body.     Long used to sniff out drugs, bombs…

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.