The United States will allow baby formula imports from foreign makers that do not usually sell their products here, the Food and Drug Administration said on May 16, as it tries to ease a nationwide shortage that has left parents scrambling to feed their babies.

Abbott agreed to enter into a consent decree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration related to the company’s Sturgis, Mich., infant formula plant. The decree is an agreement between the FDA and Abbott on the steps necessary to resume production and maintain the facility. This does not affect any other Abbott plant or operation. The decree is subject to court approval.

Health authorities around the world are investigating a mysterious increase in severe cases of hepatitis – inflammation of the liver – in young children.

The European Commission said on Aug. 31 that 70 percent of the European Union’s adult population was fully vaccinated against Covid-19, hitting a target the EC set at the beginning of 2021.

Medable Inc., a leading cloud platform for patient-centered drug development, announced the first stage of the company’s European expansion plans with a new EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

In a roundup review of scientific studies recently published, a study out of RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in Ireland further defined the association between comorbidities and poor outcomes with Covid-19.

Countries across the globe shut their borders to Britain on Dec. 21 due to fears about a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, causing travel chaos and raising the prospect of food shortages days before Britain is set to leave the European Union.

Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time, a record one-day increase as much of Europe enacts new restrictions to curb the outbreak.

Political polarization and online misinformation are threatening vaccination programs worldwide, with public trust volatile and varying widely between countries, according to a global vaccine confidence study.

The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll exceeds 40,000, by far the worst yet reported in Europe, raising more questions about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.