Public Health

Employees from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Danish Emergency Management Agency work to cull minks after a new strain of the coronavirus was discovered in mink farms in Gjol, Denmark, on Oct. 8.

Will Virus Mutations Threaten COVID-19 Vaccines?

We don't yet know whether new variants of the coronavirus may impede vaccines’ efficacy. But they shouldn’t change anything about our approach to public health.

An Afghan toddler whose family has been internally displaced sleeps in a hammock at a refugee camp in Herat on April 21, 2018.

In Afghanistan, Bringing New Life Into the World Is Deadly

Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.

Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations are kept at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020.

The World’s Wild and Crazy Vaccine Ride Is Just Starting

Is it possible to have too many vaccines? We may soon find out.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to nurses as he visits Watford General Hospital on Oct. 7, 2019 in Watford, England.

The Coronavirus Is Killing Westerners. Immigrants Are Saving Them.

Foreign-born doctors and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of fighting the pandemic and resuscitating economies, but nativist politicians still want to keep them out.

This picture taken on May 23, 2020 shows a laboratory technician holding a dose of a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate ready for trial on monkeys at the National Primate Research Center of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Saraburi.

The Vaccine News Is Good. Here’s the Bad News.

Even if the coronavirus treatment works as advertised, there are plenty of reasons to worry about how much good it can do.

Joe Biden

Biden Can Make the United States a Global Health Leader Again

Trump withdrew from the WHO. Biden can rebuild ties with the organization and make the United States an influential player in the fight against COVID-19.

A partially-masked man walks in Pfarrkirchen, a town in Bavaria, on Oct. 27 after a local lockdown was imposed.

They Conquered COVID-19. Now They’re Struggling.

From the Czech Republic and Germany to the Indian state of Kerala, governments that dealt decisively with the first wave of the coronavirus are drowning in the second wave.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, some wearing face masks, pray during the Sukkot holiday at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 7 amid Israel's second coronavirus lockdown.

The Government Can’t Save Ultra-Orthodox Jews From COVID-19. Religious Leaders Can.

The coronavirus has hit Haredi enclaves hard, but without clear directives from rabbis, isolated communities from Jerusalem to New York will continue to suffer.

Paramilitary police march near the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China.

COVID-19 Might Not Change the World

Pandemics are not always transformative events. While some worrying preexisting trends could accelerate, it’s incorrect to assume that the coronavirus will end globalization, kill liberal democracy, or enhance China’s soft power.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in a debate.

What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?

Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.

U.S. President Donald Trump tours a factory that produces medical masks.

Will Trump’s Case of COVID-19 Endanger U.S. National Security?

Officials are warily watching for adversaries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea to exploit the moment.

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.

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