Getting One Vaccine Is Good. How About Mix-and-Match?

Researchers are exploring the possible benefits of pairing doses from two different Covid-19 vaccines.

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Ebola Survivor Infected Years Ago May Have Started New Outbreak

Genetic sequencing of virus samples from patients in Guinea suggest that the new outbreak is a continuation of the 2014-16 epidemic.

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How Plagues Shape the Landscape

From cholera to AIDS, epidemics have given rise to landmarks around the world, be they sculptures, churches or feats of engineering. In this dire moment, their histories resonate.

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Guinea Declares Ebola Outbreak With at Least 3 Deaths

Health officials promised rapid delivery of vaccines and other epidemic-fighting measures after confirming seven cases in the country’s southeast.

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New Ebola Outbreak Threatens in Congo

A woman who was in contact with at least 70 people has died of Ebola in a violence-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It could signal the start of the 12th outbreak of the virus in the country.

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In Crises, Vaccines Can Be Stretched, but Not Easily

Shortages of shots for yellow fever, polio and other diseases have led to innovative solutions even in very poor countries.

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Congo’s Latest Ebola Outbreak Declared Finished

The disease killed at least 55 people in an outbreak that began June 1, the 11th bout of Ebola to strike the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The Deadliness of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak Was Not Inevitable

In “Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds,” the public health expert Paul Farmer examines the structural and historical inequalities that led to Ebola’s devastating toll.

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

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W.H.O. Workers Are Accused of Sex Abuse During Ebola Response in Congo

The U.N. health agency, already grappling with the challenge of leading the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, vowed it would investigate the allegations that women were exploited in return for jobs.

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U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year

A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort.

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Russia Approves Coronavirus Vaccine Before Completing Tests

The country became the first in the world to approve a possible vaccine against the virus, despite warnings from the global authorities against cutting corners.

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Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Over, W.H.O. Says

The response to second-deadliest outbreak of the virus — the 10th occurrence in the country — was hampered by mistrust and attacks on treatment centers.

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Despite Big Promises, U.S. Has Delivered Limited Aid in Global Virus Response

The State Department and U.S.A.I.D. have spent a fraction of the humanitarian assistance that Congress approved in March to help curb the coronavirus.

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A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated

Peter Piot, 71, one of the giants of Ebola and AIDS research, is still battling a coronavirus infection that hit him “like a bus” in March.

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How Pandemics End

An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide?

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10 African Countries Have No Ventilators. That’s Only Part of the Problem.

Basic supplies like oxygen and soap are needed first to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Cutting Corners for a Coronavirus Vaccine Could Cost Lives

It’s tempting to speed up development in a pandemic, but there are good reasons to stick to scientific standards.

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The Coronavirus Doesn’t Care Where You’re From

The pandemic makes clear there is no such thing as a “Chinese” or “African” virus.

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Trump, His Eye on the Border, Overlooked the Coronavirus Threat

His insistence that the danger was overseas and could be kept out led officials to downplay the disease’s spread and the need for tests.

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Here Comes the Coronavirus Pandemic

Now, after many fire drills, the world may be facing a real fire.

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