Booster COVID-19 vaccine doses are not currently needed for the general population, wrote 18 international vaccine experts in a Lancet commentary published yesterday.

Men make up just 40% of those vaccinated against COVID-19 in South Africa—yet there is no evidence that vaccine hesitancy is more common among South African men.   Attitudes toward HIV testing may offer some insight into how ideas of masculinity play into vaccine avoidance…

Results from a new global survey released today show more than half of those who are unvaccinated in 50+ countries indicated they definitely or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Key reasons for hesitation, according to August 16–31 results from the survey, include:

There’s been plenty of alarm—but how likely are breakthrough infections, really?   Based on recent US data, it looks like around 1 in 5,000 per day, according to estimates from Utah, Virginia, and King County, Washington.   These odds vary by region and vaccination uptake.…

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

As the COVAX initiative was taking shape—signing on countries, securing financing, and pooling demand “to organize the most complex vaccine rollout in human history”—rich countries were already buying up most of the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines. The disconnect set…

A slice of good news: Some people appear to have “superhuman immunity” to SARS-CoV-2 and possibly future variants, according to a spate of new studies.   Who are these super-immune individuals? All were previously infected with the coronavirus and also immunized with an…

When the first COVID-19 vaccines became available, first responders—police, firefighters, etc.—were placed at the front of the line.   But now: Many are pushing back against vaccine mandates—and the virus is now the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for US law…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un just rejected 3 million Sinovac jabs from Covax.   What gives?   Kim told a Politburo meeting yesterday that the country needs to double down on “our style epidemic prevention system.”   Korea-watchers think it’s more likely…

The WHO and Germany unveiled a new pandemic intelligence hub in Berlin yesterday aimed at improving the comparison of data between countries between countries, The Guardian reports.   Chikwe Ihekweazu, the current director-general of the Nigeria CDC, will lead the hub,…