Rural America may miss out on early COVID-19 vaccines

Getting vaccinated is easy—it’s getting the vaccine itself that can be hard. (Gustavo Fring/Pexels/) Coke County, Texas, a rural area with a population of less than 3,500 people, didn’t report its first case of COVID-19 until early May. Now, it ranks second in the state in infection rates. Yet when Texas began distributing coronavirus vaccines […]

Hurricane Iota closing in on storm-battered Central America

Banana workers stranded at a flooded road while trying to evacuate from El Progreso in Yoro, Honduras, ahead of the arrival of Iota Hurricane Iota is forecast to strengthen to an “extremely dangerous” Category Four by the time it makes landfall in Central America on Monday, the US National Hurricane Center warned, two weeks after […]

Hard-hit Central America in crosshairs of another hurricane

Residents evacuate a flooded area in Baracoa, Honduras on November 8, 2020 Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua announced evacuations Friday as a second major hurricane in days closed in on Central America with the region still reeling from deadly storm Eta last week. Eta killed more than 200 people across Central America, with heavy rain bursting […]

Rural America is now the center of the COVID pandemic

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial will continue after a patient who received an alternate treatment died. (National Cancer Institute/) Last week, the US set a record for the highest number of infections in a single day at more than 83,000 cases; that number was reported two days in a row, on Friday and Saturday. To put […]

South America ravaged by unprecedented drought and fires

In this file picture taken on September 13, 2020 a man gestures in a burnt area of the Pantanal in Brazil, part of a large area ravaged by fires Under stress from a historic drought, large swathes of forest and wetlands in central South America known for their exceptional biodiversity have been ravaged by devastating […]