A speedy vaccine rollout is Bangladesh’s shining victory during the pandemic, but there aren’t enough takers for the shots, says Taufique Joarder, MBBS, DrPH, MPH, executive director of the Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh. Even as the country negotiated quick access to…

A new website offers a rare and comprehensive look into the machinations of companies seeking to spur sales of painkillers.  

Did you know that the US supply of “brain tickler” nasopharyngeal swabs depends entirely on a company run by two feuding cousins in Maine?   US officials didn’t either until they were scrambling for swabs last March. Puritan is one of only 2 companies in the world who…

A Confidence Booster for AZ Vax The AstraZeneca vaccine rollercoaster ride that started last week with a steep dive on concerns about the vaccine’s possible link to blood clots turned sharply upwards today on news of stronger than expected efficacy in a 32,000-person…

In West Virginia—a hotbed of the opioid crisis—HIV cases related to intravenous drug use are spiking amid the cancellation of a 2018 needle exchange program.  

A pandemic lockdown, school closures, and a shocking 90% unemployment rate have made it easy for youths in Harare to see crystal meth as an escape, 

Vaccination may be a pass to certain activities—but what about actual vaccine passports?  

81,003. That’s the number of overdose deaths the CDC recorded in the 12 months leading up to last June as lockdowns upended lives and gutted addiction treatment services.   It was the most ever recorded in the US in a 12-month period.

Amid complaints of shortages and patchy supply chains, the Biden administration has announced a surge in deliveries to US states in the coming weeks, AP reports.   With a new round of purchasing from Pfizer and Moderna, the administration says there will be enough vaccines…

Pharma giant Merck has halted work on its 2 COVID vaccines, citing disappointing immune responses, STAT reports this morning.