COMMENTARY

The U.S. government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of a new coronavirus that causes an illness called COVID-19. Testing is central to these efforts. Molecular biologist and viral researcher Maureen Ferran answers some basic questions about how these diagnostic tests work – and if there...
The two coronavirus briefings, separated by about 100 miles, were nearly contemporaneous Wednesday.“We will see more cases and things will get worse than they are now," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, in response to...
By Lynn Carey The new COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to pandemic proportions, infecting thousands of people as it makes its way from continent to continent. The world needs a coronavirus vaccine now — one that is accessible to everyone and prioritizes saving lives over profits for the pharmaceutical industry.  I have...
By Della Dumbaugh Katherine Johnson, an African American mathematician who made critical contributions to the space program at NASA, died Feb. 24 at the age of 101.Johnson became a household name thanks to the celebrated book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians...
About 800 people have perished in the past year in Virginia from the flu. Other than the standard precautions (flu shots, wash your hands, stay home when you’re sick), influenza is regarded as it historically has been – a difficult fact of life.COVID-19, the precise name the medical community...
By David Daley and Katie FaheySomething’s rotten in the state of Virginia. Legislative Democrats are on the verge of scuttling bipartisan redistricting reform and handing themselves unilateral power over the next decade of state legislative and congressional maps — embracing the same partisan gerrymandering that Democrats have so bitterly...
Lead foots around Virginia, beware: State legislators have just made it tougher for you to break speed limits with impunity, at least in certain circumstances.The General Assembly this week passed a bill allowing state and local police to use speed cameras in school and highway work zones. Go at...
Pharmacy benefit managers are claiming drug prices will go up if Gov. Ralph Northam signs two bills (HB1290 and SB251) that overwhelmingly passed both General Assembly houses. These identical bills would license PBMs under the Bureau of Insurance and address some of their business practices. The most interesting part...
By Awesta Sarkash As the Virginia Assembly entered its last week of the 2020 session, I had hoped that state legislators were prepared to make good on their promises of protecting affordable health care for small business and all Virginians. Yet, late in the day on Monday, the General Assembly...
The Virginia Clean Economy Act continues to bump along towards the finish line, losing pieces of itself but picking up new and different features as it makes its tortuous way.Most recently, and disconcertingly, Republicans representing southwest Virginia persuaded the Senate to remove a key provision requiring the closure...