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World Nov 29New omicron variant brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity ‘home to roost’
The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the…
Health Nov 28EXPLAINER: What we know and don’t know on new COVID variant
It’s unclear where the new variant first emerged, but scientists in South Africa alerted the World Health Organization in recent days, and it has now been seen in travelers arriving in several countries, from Australia to Israel to the Netherlands.
World Nov 26Will flight restrictions help as new virus variant emerges?
A coronavirus variant recently identified in South Africa is leading to a new round of travel restrictions just as many had finally begun to ease.
World Nov 26AP explains: What we know so far about the new COVID variant in South Africa
South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.
Health Nov 04U.K. authorizes Merck antiviral pill, 1st shown to treat COVID
Britain has granted a conditional authorization to Merck's coronavirus antiviral. It's the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19.
Health Oct 06World Health Organization recommends malaria vaccine be given to children across Africa
WHO recommended Wednesday that the world's first malaria vaccine should be given to children across Africa, in a move officials hope will spur stalled efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease.
World Sep 28Panel finds 80 alleged abuse cases tied to WHO’s Congo work
The report exposes the most widescale sexual wrongdoing linked to a U.N. institution in years, harkening back to the dark years when blue-helmeted peacekeepers were regularly accused of and found to have misused their positions for sexual misconduct.
World Jul 15WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said getting access to raw data had been a challenge for the international team that traveled to China earlier this year to investigate the source of COVID-19.
World Jul 12WHO says rich countries should donate vaccines, not use boosters
Top officials at the World Health Organization say there's not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed.
Health Jun 25WHO says delta is ‘most transmissible’ COVID-19 variant identified so far
The head of the World Health Organization says the COVID-19 delta variant first seen in India is "the most transmissible of the variants identified so far" and warned it is now spreading in at least 85 countries.