U.S. federal health agencies on April 13 recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine after six women under 50 given the shot developed rare blood clots, dealing a fresh setback to efforts to tackle the pandemic.

Confusion and complacency in addressing Covid-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on April 12.

Brazil on April 8 set a daily record of 4,249 Covid-19 deaths, with overwhelmed hospitals running low on supplies and the Senate about to open an investigation into the response of the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, who has played down the pandemic from the start.

Calcium, a full-service, independent healthcare marketing agency, announced today the opening of a new office in Miami. 

India reported a record rise in Covid-19 infections on April 5, becoming the second country after the United States to post more than 100,000 new cases in a day, as politicians stage massive election rallies raising fears of further spreading the virus.

The United States may not need AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, even if it wins U.S. regulatory approval, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor told Reuters on April 1.

Large vaccine trials that are extensive both in size and scope tax the resources of sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs), particularly when the trials seek to compress a process that ordinarily takes years. Rapid but safe implementation of these vaccine studies’ new protocols is pushing trial design to the limit.

Leaders of 23 countries and the World Health Organization on March 30 backed an idea to create an international treaty that would help deal with future health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic by tightening rules on sharing information.

More young adults in the United States reported feeling anxious or depressed during the past six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and fewer people reported getting the help they needed, according to a U.S. government study released on March 26.

Several U.S. states on March 25 announced broad expansions of their Covid-19 vaccine rollouts, with California opening immunizations to all adults aged 50 and older starting April 1 and Florida making anyone 40 and up eligible from March 22.