‘Doomsday scenario’: Lagging vaccine rates stir fears of dangerous variants

Officials say the virus remains a persistent enough threat to potentially mutate into something that puts even vaccinated people at heightened risk.
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Pfizer and Moderna vaccines safe for pregnant people, major study confirms

The report strengthens the CDC’s recommendation that anyone pregnant be offered the vaccine and sets the stage for more “paradigm-changing” vaccine trials during pregnancy.

Biden administration to waive vaccine patent protection

Dozens of developing countries back the proposal, arguing it will allow them to rapidly produce their own generic vaccines, rather than wait months or years for sufficient doses.

Pandemic, war, climate change fuel food fears

The economic cost of the global pandemic as well as conflict and climate change are fueling food security fears that in 2020 reached their highest level in five years, according to a report published Wednesday.


Food is not a prop for Senator Jessica Ramos. It's a platform

The New York State lawmaker has made a name by leading food causes, speaking up for street vendors, farm workers and the many restaurants in her Queens district.

COVID-19 pandemic may produce dramatic changes in life expectancy, birth rates and immigration

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is reducing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and slowing down immigration. These changes may produce concerning trends in populations globally.

Reaching ‘herd immunity’ is unlikely in the U.S., experts now believe

Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.

FDA set to authorize Pfizer vaccine for adolescents by early next week

The U.S. vaccination campaign will soon expand to millions more people, but public health experts say the move raises complicated questions about supply and access.

Pressure mounts to lift patent protections on coronavirus vaccines

President Biden and drugmakers are facing demands from liberal activists and global leaders to suspend intellectual property rights on the vaccines as the pandemic surges.

Faith, freedom, fear: Rural America’s COVID vaccine skeptics

Resistance is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia. But it’s far more complicated than just a partisan divide.

The pandemic exposed the severe water insecurity faced by southwestern tribes

While the world watched in horror as refrigerator trailers collected the bodies of Covid-19 victims in New York City, the suffering of Native American people was almost invisible.


Why air pollution spiked in some areas during lockdowns

Several cities across the globe saw air quality improve during the first COVID-19 lockdown, but experts discovered that pollution spiked in other areas.

This 'double mutant' variant is adding fuel to India's COVID-19 crisis

While its spread in India is worrying, preliminary studies show vaccines are still effective against the viral newcomer.

The story behind your salad: Farmworkers, COVID-19, and a dangerous commute

Each day, Mexican farmworkers endure a grueling journey to get to their jobs in US lettuce fields. This year, that journey turned potentially deadly.
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