Can a universal coronavirus jab help us avoid another nail-biting wait for vaccines during the next pandemic? Lessons learned about coronavirus vaccine technology during this pandemic already offer a head start—and early research has shown some promise.  

India’s tragic shortages of medical oxygen are shared by many lower-resource countries. Producing, safely storing, and transporting the lifesaving elixir is difficult.  Data point: Across Africa, oxygen is 5X costlier than in Europe.   A Solution…

Rapidly developed and strikingly effective, COVID-19 vaccines have been game changers in the pandemic—for some. Others are watching from the sidelines because they lack access or are hesitant. Tech companies have a role to play in expanding vaccine equity, says Nick Clegg…

Unlike much of the world, life had already returned to a relative normal by the time COVID-19 vaccines arrived in China. When Wei Wei, a product planning manager for flu vaccines at Sanofi Pasteur China, returned to Shanghai from the US in May 2020, he was immediately put…

In Panama, a 26-year-old self-taught cartographer has turned his skills to mapping the pandemic in indigenous communities.  

As COVID-19 vaccinations speed up, herd immunity is the talk of the town.  However, some key factors are making it difficult to pinpoint the percentage of immunized people needed to reach herd immunity. They include the emergence of virus variants and whether vaccines can…

In countries where the B.1.1.7 variant is dominating, the picture is getting much worse, 

Did you know that the US supply of “brain tickler” nasopharyngeal swabs depends entirely on a company run by two feuding cousins in Maine?   US officials didn’t either until they were scrambling for swabs last March. Puritan is one of only 2 companies in the world who…

Health systems are struggling with the tension between  COVID-19’s immediate demands and the long-term struggle against tuberculosis—one of the deadliest infectious diseases.  

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