Russia’s COVID-19 situation is a black box, according to independent demographers and data analysts who’ve been pushed out of their posts for challenging official numbers and highlighting nonsensical patterns emerging in regional reporting.  

Public health, long underfunded and neglected, is now flat-out under attack by enraged extremists and lawmakers intent on limiting health officials’ powers, the New York Times concludes after 140 interviews with health authorities and others.   Facing physical threats and…

An FDA panel voted unanimously to recommended half-dose booster shots of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans: People over 65 years old, 18-64 year-olds at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 because of their jobs or living…

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…

The US FDA authorized a vaping product for the first time yesterday, greenlighting marketing of Vuse Solo tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes and cartridges.   The agency’s rationale: Tobacco-flavored products could help adult smokers cut back on traditional…

“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:

WHO weighed in yesterday on climate change discussions with a new report and some of its strongest language to date, in advance of next month’s UN climate change conference.  

The degradation of natural systems now threatens all aspects of health—and COVID-19 must serve as a turning point, warns the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health—a global call to action published Tuesday in The Lancet.  

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:

The Biden administration yesterday reversed a Trump-era rule blocking federally funded family planning clinics from providing abortion referrals, The Hill reports.