Conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, piled on top of one of Africa’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks, is pushing humanitarian responders to their limit. The fighting has displaced nearly 1 million people, sending more than 45,000 to crowded camps in Sudan—where…

For tragic reasons, it’s been a banner year for the end-of-life industry, especially innovators like the UK startup Untangle.   The company’s app offers a rare one-stop shop for all things end-of-life, including wills and grief counseling—filling a gap in an industry that’s…

WHO advisors are meeting today to discuss deliberately infecting young, healthy volunteers with SARS-CoV-2 to hasten vaccine development—despite the promising vaccines already on the way.   Pros: Faster results than conventional vaccine field trials…

Early in its COVID-19 fight, China was dogged by testing shortages that made getting diagnosed akin to “winning the lottery”—though many tests delivered false negatives.   What was to blame? “Secrecy and cronyism” at the top disease control agency, AP reports.   Obscure…

Africa’s first major COVID-19 treatment trial will test a laundry list of cheap, already available drugs.  

COVID-19 has sidelined another global crisis that knows no borders: climate change. Except this one has no vaccine.  

Most people don’t think of their stovetop as a health hazard—yet the natural gas-burning stoves and furnaces ubiquitous in US homes can produce a range of harmful pollutants including particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.   NO2, the…

The UK vaulted over the US today in the race to immunize citizens against COVID-19 after it became the first Western country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine under emergency authorization.

117 pages of leaked documents reveal that early in the pandemic, China offered the world a partial picture of what they knew and a more optimistic forecast than what was evidenced on the ground.   Despite the virus’s novelty, there was “evidence of clear missteps” and “a…

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