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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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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