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…

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…

With 12,000+ migrants congregating near a Texas-Mexico bridge, the US has taken aggressive steps to deter future migrants.

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.    

The Gates Foundation’s 5th annual Goalkeepers Report is out, and it zooms in on how the pandemic has derailed progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Released yesterday ahead of the UN General Assembly, which starts today, the report calls for ramped-up…

One in every 100 deaths is a suicide—and in at least 20 countries, that’s considered a crime, The Guardian reports, according to a new United for Global Mental Health report released ahead of today’s World Suicide Prevention Day.  

President Biden unleashed federal powers yesterday on multiple fronts against the latest COVID-19 wave, including a vaccine mandate for 100 million Americans.  

AmeriCorps and the CDC launched a new program yesterday to recruit and train the next generation of public health leaders in the US yesterday.   The boost, funded by a $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, aims to fund up to 5,000 positions over the…