Moderna’s vaccine candidate began its final phase 3 clinical trial yesterday—the first US vaccine to reach that milestone, MSNBC reports. 

The US government’s Operation Warp Speed may not be exceeding light speed, but it’s going pretty darn fast for a massive, government-run vaccine testing program.  One major challenge: Landing 150,000+ volunteers who are sufficiently diverse in age, ethnicity, sex, health…

COVID-19 easily ranks as the worst global health emergency that the WHO has ever faced, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today, 

The CDC’s preliminary plan puts health workers and the medically vulnerable first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine. But limited supplies could leave out many other important groups—including Blacks and Latinos, or essential workers. A weighted lottery offers another…

In the great debate about school reopening, questions swirl around whether kids can spread the virus to their caregivers.  

Testing has emerged as a major weak point in the US response as the 700,000+ tests being done daily are overwhelming labs and delaying results for up to weeks, AP reports

Despite a sea of COVID-19 studies, just 2 drugs—remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone—have been shown to be effective treatments against COVID-19. To expand the options, the US NIH is launching Accelerating Covid-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines—a coordinated “…

Hard-won lessons from Ebola gave West Africa a head start against COVID-19—but now, infections are rising, writes Amy Maxmen in Nature. In Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, coronavirus task forces adopted an aggressive approach to testing and isolating everyone who tests…

It’s still early days for 2 coronavirus vaccine candidates, but trial results published yesterday in The Lancet earned promising (though qualified) results.

South Africa's soaring infections could signal what’s to come in other countries across Africa, the WHO’s emergency chief Mike Ryan warned yesterday. Over the weekend, South Africa’s death toll passed 5,000, with 350,000+ infections—making it Africa's hardest-hit…