Public Health

Donald Trump attends a worship service in Las Vegas.

Trump Officials Seek to Push Social Conservative Values in International Agreements

The U.S. administration exports anti-abortion policies abroad and strips international agreements of references to “sexual orientation” and “gender identities.”

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The World Is Winning—and Losing—the Vaccine Race

Immunization to COVID-19 is supposed to solve our problems—but it's starting to trigger even bigger ones.

An art installation including a balloon with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s image on it is seen in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 15.

Netanyahu Can’t Catch a Break

The Israeli prime minister is trying to coast on his reputation as a grandmaster of national security, diplomacy, and economics—but it isn’t working.

People walk through the Myeongdong shopping district.

COVID-19 Has Crushed Everybody’s Economy—Except for South Korea’s

Seoul seems to have shown the way to mitigating both the health and the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Laboratory technicians handle capped vials as part of filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, in Anagni, Italy, on Sept. 11.

Joining COVAX Could Save American Lives

The vaccine partnership would help ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine—including in the United States—but Trump won’t participate.

A woman reacts as a medical worker collects a swab sample for a Rapid Antigen Test for the novel coronavirus in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sept. 11.

Don’t Let Health Hold Women Back

A focus on women’s health care should be the basis of any plan for equality.

An infrared microscope image shows mosquito larvae with red-glowing eyes, part of an experiment using CRISPR gene-editing technology.

The Genetic Engineering Genie Is Out of the Bottle

The next pandemic could be bioengineered in someone’s garage using cheap and widely available technology.

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Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

People prepare dinner at the Shitthaung camp for displaced people in Mrauk U, myanmar,

To Fight the Coronavirus, Myanmar Needs a Cease-Fire in Rakhine

With humanitarian aid and internet services restricted, the conflict-torn state could soon face a public health disaster.

A person is vaccinated during a national campaign of vaccination implemented by the government after having decreed a state of health emergency at CDI Dr. Alcides Rodriguez on March 14, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela.

Trump’s Vaccine Can’t Be Trusted

If a vaccine comes out before the election, there are very good reasons not to take it.

United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers mail amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas.

The U.S. Postal Service Is a Threat to Your Life

Disruptions of mail aren’t just a problem for the election—they’re a danger to millions of American lives.

Iranian Shiite Muslims adhere to social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic as they attend a mourning ritual to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein during the Islamic month of Muharram in advance of the Ashura religious holiday.

Why COVID-19 Is Ravaging Iran Again

Poor governance, disinformation, censorship, and punishing U.S. sanctions have turned a crisis into a disaster.

A pilot arrives at Heathrow airport in London on June 8.

The World Needs to Reopen Borders Before It’s Too Late

Even as they struggle to control the pandemic, governments should move quickly to reopen borders instead of giving in to xenophobia, nationalism, and illusions of autarky.

A bubonic plague smear, prepared from a lymph removed from a plague patient, is seen in an undated photo.

The Bubonic Plague Killed Feudalism. COVID-19 Will Entrench It.

Throughout history, pandemics have been a great equalizer. Here’s why this time is different.

A man wearing a face mask walks along a street of Havana on July 29.

Coronavirus Victories May Not Be Enough for Cuba

Health care success could inspire economic change, but the future still looks bleak.

A picture shows the destruction at Beirut port in the aftermath of a massive explosion.

Beirut’s Deadly Blast Reignites Anger Against Lebanon’s Ruling Elite

Lebanese people, rocked by a massive port explosion, are fed up with incompetence.

A man paints a sign during a protest against the killing of Black people during police operations in favelas in Rio de Janeiro on May 31.

Brazil Halts Police Raids in Favelas

It is only temporary—and poorly enforced—but the move does represent a first step in overcoming decades of brutality.

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