Confirmed coronavirus cases shot up over the weekend to 17,205 as of this a.m.—a grim marker that spurred a growing resignation that the outbreak will likely become a pandemic, the New York Times reports.

he coronavirus outbreak is officially a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, according to the WHO—but the organization is confident the spread can be contained.

Infectious killer TB has a single vaccine: bacille Calmette-Guérin. A recent study found that BCG developed in different countries varies wildly in the numbers of live bacteria it contains—some have 10–1,000X more others. “Imagine we marketed a heart medication and some…

Australian scientists have created the first lab-grown recreation of the coronavirus outside of China, which could prove crucial in developing a vaccine and testing patients who don’t show symptoms, Reuters reports.

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Less than 27% of adults 18-49 got a flu shot in the 2017-2018 season. What might sway them towards personal responsibility: virtual reality. Researcher Glen Nowak evaluated impacts of a 5-minute VR experience in which “vaccine-avoidant” participants were immersed in…

One common argument some parents make for declining vaccines for their children is that vaccines are not necessary—that their children are unlikely to get sick even if they are not vaccinated. Perversely, this argument relies in part on parents’ confidence that many other…

Vampire bat rabies is a lethal problem for humans and livestock in Latin America. A current—but unsuccessful—method of controlling outbreaks is culling with poisonous gel that bats spread during social grooming. What might work: vaccinating bats using the same technique.…

What worries WHO Director General Tedros more than anything else? The flu. A global pandemic is “not a matter of if but when,” says Tedros. An outbreak like the one that occurred 100 years ago could have a much broader impact with globalization.  Tedros called on…

Countries are scrambling to crack down on anti-vaxxers amid a 300% rise in measles cases the last few years.