Associated Press – 2 million stillbirths every year, pandemic might worsen toll

The World Health Organization, UNICEF and partners said there are about 2 million stillbirths every year, mostly in the developing world, according to the first-ever global estimates published Thursday.


NPR – Pence promises millions of vaccine doses before 2021. Is that realistic?

This depends on how you define “have.” Manufacturers are stockpiling vaccines now, ahead of completing clinical trials, in the hopes that they will provide enough data to win emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. But a company must get that authorization before those doses can be distributed and used.


Kaiser Health News – Hard lives made harder by COVID: Homeless endure a ‘slow-moving train wreck’

The message wasn’t lost on Daniel Gonzalez. Early in the pandemic, one of the first things Imperial County did to ward off the virus was close the public bathrooms and, later, public cooling centers. In this sprawling Southern California desert, where summer brings blistering triple-digit heat, that lack of access could amount to a death sentence for people without shelter.


Los Angeles Times – Newsom calls for protecting 30% of state land in league with international effort

Gov. Gavin Newson signed an executive order Wednesday to protect nearly a third of California’s land and coastal waters in his latest effort to fight climate change that he has blamed for recent record-breaking wildfires.