The COVAX facility launched early in the pandemic with the best of intentions: fair access for all countries to COVID-19 vaccines and a strong counter move to rich countries determined to buy up vaccines first.   But, then the inspired goals ran into reality and things fell…

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…

England has nixed school mask mandates, embracing a more laissez-faire approach even as cases and COVID-related absences soar among school-age children, The New York Times reports. Government officials say the numbers support the decision:

People seeking ineffective COVID-19 treatments have paid $15 million+ to a network of health care providers with a political agenda, according to hacked data obtained by The Intercept.   America’s Frontline Doctors, created in 2020 to advance pro-Trump physicians, has…

The US CDC put out an urgent call yesterday for those who are pregnant to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after the agency reported rising numbers of infections during pregnancy.

Vaccines, vaccines, vaccines… What about COVID-19 treatments?   More are in the works:  

Scientists are riding the wave of innovations driving COVID-19 vaccine technology and applying them to less headline-grabbing neglected diseases.   One of them is Arturo Reyes-Sandoval, of the National Vaccine Development Centre at Mexico City’s Instituto Politécnico…

While US FDA and CDC advisory panels recommended a Pfizer booster jab for certain groups last week, some panelists said a J&J booster should be the focus, NPR reports.  

A CDC advisory panel greenlit Pfizer booster shots for millions of Americans on Thursday—and the CDC director took the rare step of overruling the panel on a key recommendation.    The panel endorsed a third jab for people 65+; older, nursing home residents; people in the…

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…