In an encouraging sign, the number of tobacco users fell last year to 1.3 billion, down from 1.32 billion in 2015, according to 

As country representatives continue to negotiate gritty details of agreements at the COP26 UN climate conference, WHO announced today that 50 countries have committed to building climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is poised to serve a second term as the WHO chief—he’s the sole nominee for the top job, according to Western diplomats.   Among the supporters: France, Germany and other EU members, plus 3 African countries—Botswana, Kenya and…

A world impatient and in mourning is desperate for encouraging news, but a WHO committee said it anyway, “The pandemic is far from finished.”   There are signs of progress in vaccine and therapeutics access, but the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said …

Brisk and blunt, a report released today by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board castigates global leaders for the disastrous response to COVID-19 and prescribes immediate steps that need to be taken before the next pandemic hits.  

Politics and science collided again yesterday in the ongoing search for the pandemic’s origins as the US NIH castigated a research organization for failing to update the agency on findings from experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  

Deaths from tuberculosis, now the second deadliest infectious killer after COVID-19, climbed worldwide for the first time in a decade—a reversal of progress the WHO’s latest TB report ties directly to the pandemic.  

After its initial investigation into the origins of COVID-19 ended in a wobbly conclusion, the WHO launched a new team yesterday to take up the investigation. The 26-member Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) includes 6 who were part of a…

83 aid workers charged with fighting Ebola used their positions to sexually abuse and exploit women and girls during the 2018–2020 outbreak in the DRC, according to an independent commission report released yesterday.   

Possible ancestors of SARS-CoV-2 have been found in 3 coronaviruses in horseshoe bats that inhabit limestone caves in northern Laos, according to a not-yet-peer-reviewed article by Laotian and French researchers.