Two highly effective coronavirus vaccines are now on the horizon, but the next challenge for federal, state and local leaders will be distributing a vaccine equitably so that communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic can have access.
Pfizer's announcement that its coronavirus vaccine candidate is more than 90 percent effective has created great excitement and hope for a return to normalcy. But questions remain about its safety data and distribution plan.
A Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that only 27 percent of Black Americans plan to get a coronavirus vaccine if and when one becomes available. Dr. Uché Blackstock, a Yahoo News Medical Contributor and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, says this distrust is not unique to COVID-19. “It’s preexisting,” she says, “just like the health inequities are preexisting.”
Americans are heading to the polls as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise. But this isn't the first time the U.S. has held an election during a deadly global pandemic. During the so-called 1918 Spanish Influenza, politicians were attempting to campaign and Americans trying to make their voices heard at the ballot box without many of the modern conveniences we have today, like mail-in and absentee voting.
President Trump's White House and medical team have been criticized for not being transparent enough about the president's condition after he tested positive for COVID-19. But this isn't the first president to contract a deadly pandemic virus. President Woodrow Wilson's personal physician tried to downplay the severity of the president's illness during a crucial moment in American history when he became sick during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic.
While there is currently no cure for COVID-19, Dr. Uché Blackstock, a Yahoo News medical contributor and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, says there are therapeutics that President Trump's medical team could try if his condition worsens.
Many Americans are questioning the safety and effectiveness of a planned coronavirus vaccine and are wary of a trial and approval process that seems to be moving very quickly. Doctors and public health experts explain how to feel confident about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine.
As President Trump continues to insist that college campuses are “low risk” environments for students, doctors and public health experts caution that coronavirus infection may carry long-term effects even for otherwise healthy young adults.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, herd immunity has been floated as a possible solution, but the controversial strategy is considered downright dangerous by many experts.
Researchers in Hong Kong confirmed the first known case of coronavirus reinfection, but many doctors and public health officials say it isn't that surprising given what we know about waning immunity from other coronaviruses.
The extract from a highly toxic plant is being promoted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, despite no scientific evidence that it is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass explains why that's dangerous.
Famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony will receive a pardon nearly 150 years after she was arrested for voting in the 1872 presidential election, but her legacy was complicated.
Aug. 18 marks 100 years since women gained the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Today, female voters hold a crucial role in American elections.
Take a look back at some of the most talked-about moments from Republican and Democratic national conventions in U.S. history.
President Trump claimed children are "virtually immune" to the coronavirus, yet child cases continue to rise in many states. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass separates fact from fiction as schools begin to reopen across the U.S.
As parents and caregivers grapple with whether to send their children to school for in-person learning this fall, Dr. Dara Kass, Yahoo News' medical contributor, explains how you can weigh the coronavirus risks based on CDC guidance.
Proponents of federal reparations argue that localized efforts at atonement, while appreciated, cannot make amends for the deep-seated, multigenerational harm done by slavery.
Recent studies suggest that the immunity acquired from antibodies to the coronavirus may diminish within a few months — which would be bad news for those hoping to achieve herd immunity without a vaccine.
The CDC updated its website to include expectant mothers, particularly Black and Hispanic women, among those who may be at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Eyewitness identifications have contributed to over 70 percent of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence in the U.S. But some reforms to eyewitness lineup procedures and more awareness of the limitations of cross-racial identification could help prevent wrongful convictions in the future.
Mass protests after George Floyd’s death in police custody have sparked concerns that the gatherings may lead to a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is holding up passage of an anti-lynching bill with broad bipartisan support — the latest delay in an effort to pass a federal law against lynching that goes back over a century.
The CDC says that it may be possible to contract COVID-19 by coming in contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it, but you're much more likely to get the coronavirus through person-to-person transmission.
In the first episode of “Fact vs. Fiction With Dr. Dara Kass," Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass explains which social activities can be considered lower risk.
Dr. Dara Kass, a Yahoo News medical contributor, and Dr. Michael Saag, an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, address some of the false medical claims made in the viral video "Plandemic," which was removed by social media platforms after garnering millions of views.