Thursday's health stories


Shawna Chen
May 12, 2022 - Health

North Korea reports first COVID-19 death

Photo of a person in a yellow hazmat suit walking by a row of counters where people are wiping down surfaces
Employees spray disinfectant and wipe surfaces as part of preventative measures against the coronavirus at the Pyongyang Children's Department Store in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 18. Photo: Kim Won Jin/AFP via Getty Images
Herb Scribner
May 12, 2022 - Health

U.S. will be vulnerable to COVID without more vaccine shots, says Ashish Jha

A health worker draws the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
A Moderna COVID-19 vaccine vial. Photo: Dinendra Haria, Getty Image
Erin Doherty
May 12, 2022 - Health

U.S. and world leaders pledge more than $3B to fight pandemic globally

A young student in South Africa receiving a COVID vaccination.
A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a student during a rural vaccination drive in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on March 9. Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ivana Saric
May 12, 2022 - Health

Biden orders flags at half-staff for 1 million COVID deaths

White House flaf half-staff
The U.S. flag flies at half-staff atop the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 13. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Deaths from COVID begin to rise again

Opioid abuse treatments don't reach those most at risk

Caitlin Owens
May 12, 2022 - Health

Biden administration and GOP clash over vaccine strategy

Illustration of pattern of blue Covid-19 vaccine bottles on top of red and white stripes of American flag.
Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios
Rebecca Falconer
Updated May 12, 2022 - World

North Korea enters "severe emergency" lockdown after confirming COVID case

A pupil has her temperature taken as part of anti Covid-19 procedures before entering the Pyongyang Secondary School No. 1 in Pyongyang on June 22, 2021.
A student has her temperature taken as part of precautionary measures against COVID-19 before entering the Pyongyang Secondary School No. 1 in Pyongyang, North Korea, last June. Photo: Kim Won Jin/AFP via Getty Images
Jacob Knutson
May 11, 2022 - Health

U.S. surpassed 100,000 overdose deaths in 2021

A bag of prescription drugs being poured into a box at a drug reclamation event organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles in 2021.
A bag of prescription drugs being poured into a box at a drug reclamation event organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles in 2021. Photo: Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Tina Reed
May 11, 2022 - Health

Staffing shortages slam hospitals

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Medical education of abortion could be erased in red states

Illustration of a medical cross being erased by a pencil
Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios
Asher Price
May 11, 2022 - Health

The future of large events and COVID

Illustration of a lanyard badge with requirement checkboxes changing.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Fast-track drug approval process marked for limited changes

Illustration of a stopwatch made from a large round prescription pill
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios