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Illustration: Blue gloved hands extract a dose of a vaccine from a vial into a syringe. A pink tray with a box of vaccine vials is in the background. A few vials rest on the tray.

Vaccines: a victory and a failure

Despite being one of our most impactful public health tools, vaccines continue to be pilloried in the public square.
By Lisa Doggett
An elderly white person pushing a blue walker stands in an entryway of a yellow brick building. A white screen door is held open by a figure just barely in the frame. The person holds a door tags that say: “We are offering free covid-19 vaccines” and “walk-ins welcome.” The rest of the text is illegible.

Public health’s COVID crossroads

A lot fell through the cracks during the COVID-19 pandemic, but one doctor argues we have a clear way forward.
By K.J. Seung
Medical scientists Melva Mlambo (standing) and Puseletso Lesofi prepare to sequence COVID-19 Omicron samples at Ndlovu Research Center in South Africa in December 2021.

How COVID-19 changed African R&D

African scientists broke new research ground during the pandemic. It's a sign of things to come.
By Linda Nordling