The US CDC put out an urgent call yesterday for those who are pregnant to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after the agency reported rising numbers of infections during pregnancy.

Scientists are riding the wave of innovations driving COVID-19 vaccine technology and applying them to less headline-grabbing neglected diseases.   One of them is Arturo Reyes-Sandoval, of the National Vaccine Development Centre at Mexico City’s Instituto Politécnico…

While US FDA and CDC advisory panels recommended a Pfizer booster jab for certain groups last week, some panelists said a J&J booster should be the focus, NPR reports.  

A CDC advisory panel greenlit Pfizer booster shots for millions of Americans on Thursday—and the CDC director took the rare step of overruling the panel on a key recommendation.    The panel endorsed a third jab for people 65+; older, nursing home residents; people in the…

In an era rife with challenges, there’s still “an abundance of good things” happening—with some caveats, NIH chief Francis Collins said yesterday in a virtual conversation with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kelly Henning about the key issues facing the US in this next phase of…

From Nike to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, top brands are advertising on COVID-19 conspiracy sites—whether they know it or not, an investigation found.   Google is the key player in this “opaque by design” digital advertising market. Worth some $455 billion this…

Under mounting pressure to do more to end the pandemic, the White House made fresh commitments in a virtual summit yesterday and implored other world leaders to join an “all hands on deck” effort, Reuters reports.  

COVID-19 and the climate took center stage as the United Nations General Assembly opened up yesterday, under an honor system vaccination requirement for in-person attendees.   Nevertheless, it was Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro—who reportedly isn’t…

Who, if anyone, needs a COVID-19 booster shot, and when? The debate is far from settled.   In a high-stakes meeting tomorrow, FDA advisors will give their non-binding recommendation on whether to approve Pfizer’s booster application, STAT reports.    

Chile’s well-tuned vaccination campaign is an exemplar for wealthy countries and the rest of the world. 87% of eligible Chileans have been vaccinated. It has 36 million doses for its population of 19 million. It’s also approved vaccinations for children ages 6 to…