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Health Feb 06Unwilling to wait, poorer countries seek their own vaccines
Unlike past disease outbreaks, where less wealthy countries have generally waited for vaccines to be delivered by the U.N. and other organizations, many are now taking matters into their own hands. Experts are increasingly concerned that these go-it-alone efforts could…
World Feb 02Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective, study says
Russian scientists say the country's Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published in a British medical journal.
World Jan 29AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine authorized for all adults, EU regulator says
The decision requires final approval from the European Commission, a process that occurred swiftly with the other coronavirus vaccines.
Health Jan 19Panel concludes China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic
A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a…
World Dec 15Poor countries may face long wait for vaccines despite promises
The virus that has killed more than 1.6 million people has exposed vast inequities between countries, as fragile health systems and smaller economies were often hit harder.
World Dec 01European regulator to decide Dec. 29 on 1st virus vaccine
The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said…
Health Oct 29WHO says Europe now has more than 10 million COVID-19 cases
WHO European regional director Dr. Hans Kluge said Thursday that "hospitalizations have risen to levels unseen since the spring" and that deaths have risen by more than 30% in the last week.
Health Oct 01Push to bring coronavirus vaccines to those in poverty faces trouble
In one of the biggest obstacles, rich countries have locked up most of the world's potential vaccine supply through 2021, and the U.S. and others have refused to join the project, called Covax.
World Jul 15More than 150 countries sign up for global vaccine distribution plan
More than 70 rich countries have signed up to a global coronavirus vaccine initiative, which may also allow them to buy more vaccines to stockpile for their own citizens.
World Jul 14Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more
Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for…