As summer COVID-19 surges usher masking and distancing back in across the US, contact tracing is being left in the toolbox. Many states began dialing back tracing months ago; Texas’ new budget bans contact tracing funding altogether.   That’s a missed opportunity, says Tom…

China is reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases in Yunnan province that are likely imported from neighboring Burma (Myanmar), which is experiencing a Delta variant-fueled surge in cases.   As 65 new cases were reported yesterday and 31 on Sunday, Yunnan vice-governor Zong…

It’s much worse than India’s official numbers. The country has experienced from 3.4 million to 4.9 million excess deaths COVID-19—far higher than the 400,000 deaths cited by the government, according to a new Center for Global Development report.  

The approaching Amazon forest fire season carries an extra menacing threat for Indigenous people in Brazil already suffering from COVID-19 lung damage,

Amid relentless fighting in Tigray, Eritrean soldiers and local fighters are “using food as a weapon of war,” by deliberately blocking supplies to the more than 1 million people in areas outside government control, according to Mark Lowcock, the UN's top humanitarian…

The remains of 215 children—some as young as 3 years old—have been found in a mass grave at a former residential school for Indigenous youth in British Columbia, the 

Tewodros Tefera—a surgeon and father—is one of 60,000+ people who have fled ethnic violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.   Since entering Sudan, he has worked nonstop treating patients with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society—without running water or electricity.   Fresh from…

Fewer than 2,000 South Koreans have

Brazil, one of the hardest-hit nations throughout much of the pandemic, has clocked more than 10 million cases and over 250,000 deaths—a death toll second only to the US.

A new Ebola outbreak has been declared in Guinea, marking the first cases reported there since West Africa’s devastating outbreak ended in 2016, WHO reports.   7 people fell ill after attending the burial of a nurse on February 1, and at least 3 people have died, The New…