The decades-long search for an HIV vaccine hit another roadblock this morning as Johnson & Johnson announced its vaccine failed to prevent infection in 2,600 women in southern Africa who were at high risk of infection, 

Nearly 18 months into the pandemic, the tiny island nation of Tonga still enjoys an extraordinary status: zero reported COVID-19 cases. The country, population 105,000, is one of 6 Pacific Island nations that are still COVID-free, according to official numbers. As a…

Early in the pandemic, there were dire predictions about a tidal wave of COVID cases hitting sub-Saharan African, overwhelming already struggling health systems. For much of the pandemic, those terrifying predictions didn’t materialize, perplexing researchers. But a year…

Malaysia’s registration of the world’s first affordable, effective drug for hepatitis C puts treatment within reach for millions around the world at risk for the stealthy, tough-to-diagnose “silent killer.” There is no vaccine for the disease, which can lead to cirrhosis…

In Indonesia—the new epicenter of the pandemic—children are making up a ballooning share of COVID-19 cases and deaths, challenging the notion that the coronavirus poses little risk to kids.   With ICUs already packed with adults, pediatricians are shattered by the sub-par…

While the pandemic pulled attention from the opioid crisis, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US last year, according to provisional data released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics.   That’s a 30% increase over 2019—more than double…

The WHO has endorsed a duo of rheumatoid arthritis drugs for treating COVID-19 after they showed promising results in reducing the risk of death and the need for mechanical ventilation.  

The pandemic has indisputably backpedaled progress against America’s addiction crisis. In Massachusetts, Black men are being hit particularly hard.  

Dozens of countries achieved or exceeded ambitious 2020 UN targets to control HIV—but services are still out of reach for many of the world’s most vulnerable, confirms a new UNAIDS report marking tomorrow's 40-year anniversary since the first HIV/AIDS cases were discovered…

More than a year into a disastrous pandemic response, Brazil’s Senate began a damning probe yesterday into President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic.