An FDA panel voted unanimously to recommended half-dose booster shots of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans: People over 65 years old, 18-64 year-olds at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 because of their jobs or living…

For the immunocompromised, COVID-19 vaccines offer no sure route to normalcy, given the slim chance that the shots will provoke a sufficient immune response in them.   It’s difficult to pin down how many Americans fall into this category—but it’s estimated that if this…

During the early COVID-19 vaccine campaigns in South Sudan, Gabon and Somalia, just 30% of people vaccinated were women—raising concerns that women were being left behind across Africa as well as Asia and the Middle East, the AP reports.   Possible reasons include…

The COVAX facility launched early in the pandemic with the best of intentions: fair access for all countries to COVID-19 vaccines and a strong counter move to rich countries determined to buy up vaccines first.   But, then the inspired goals ran into reality and things fell…

The WHO recommended widespread use yesterday of a malaria vaccine among children in areas of high transmission, creating the potential to save tens of thousands of lives every year.   The first-ever recommendation for a malaria vaccine follows a pilot program of the RTS,S…

England has nixed school mask mandates, embracing a more laissez-faire approach even as cases and COVID-related absences soar among school-age children, The New York Times reports. Government officials say the numbers support the decision:

Researchers are conducting the first-ever human trials of a vaccine against opioid overdose.   The trial involves giving participants in active phases of addiction non-lethal doses of opioids, including heroin, after receiving the experimental vaccine.   How does it…

Russia has been battling record numbers of daily deaths from COVID-19 in the past week, with 25,781 new coronavirus cases and 883 deaths reported today, according to The Moscow Times. 

WHO’s numbers continue to detail a dire global vaccine gap, despite the World Health Assembly’s goal of vaccinating 10% of the global population by September 30.   Zooming in on Africa:

People seeking ineffective COVID-19 treatments have paid $15 million+ to a network of health care providers with a political agenda, according to hacked data obtained by The Intercept.   America’s Frontline Doctors, created in 2020 to advance pro-Trump physicians, has…