Spurred by Omicron, Europe Sets Covid Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

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Spurred by Omicron, Europe Is Setting Coronavirus Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #england, #europe, #france, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

W.H.O. Scolds Rich Nations for Travel Bans and Booster Shots

As wealthy countries react to the new Omicron virus variant with travel bans and booster shots, the World Health Organization scolded them, calling the steps ineffective and unfair.

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W.H.O. members agree to begin talks on a global pandemic treaty.

They agreed to set up an intergovernmental negotiating body that is to meet no later than March to begin negotiating an international agreement intended to ensure a more coherent and equitable response to future pandemics.

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World Omicron Fight Hindered by Fragmented Response

Almost two years into the pandemic, finger-pointing, lack of coordination, sparse information and fear are once again influencing policy.

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Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Were Taken Without Her Consent, Is Honored by W.H.O.

In a ceremony in Geneva, the World Health Organization presented an award to the family of Ms. Lacks, whose cancer cells led to world-changing advances in medical and scientific research.

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W.H.O. Workers Abused Women on Mission in Congo, Inquiry Finds

A commission appointed by the health agency found that women and girls had been promised jobs in exchange for relationships or had been sexually exploited in order to keep jobs.

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Shi Zhengli, Chinese Virologist, Faces Scrutiny Over Wuhan Lab Research

Shi Zhengli, a top virologist, said in a rare interview that speculation about her lab in Wuhan was baseless. But China’s habitual secrecy makes her claims hard to validate.

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China’s ‘Bat Woman,’ at the Center of a Pandemic Storm, Speaks Out

Shi Zhengli, a top virologist, said in a rare interview that speculation about her lab in Wuhan was baseless. But China’s habitual secrecy makes her claims hard to validate.

#bats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #science-and-technology, #shi-zhengli, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #wang-linfa, #wuhan-institute-of-virology-china

The Anguish of the World’s Doctor

Dr. Tedros of the W.H.O. publicly focuses on managing the pandemic. Privately, he weeps as his Tigrayan people are raped, starved and slaughtered.

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As Covid Deaths Soar in Brazil, Bolsonaro Hails an Untested Nasal Spray

Vaccines and critical-care beds are in short supply. Yet President Jair Bolsonaro is railing against social distancing and calling an experimental treatment from Israel “miraculous.”

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Facing Roadblocks, Vast Global Vaccination Effort Gets Underway

An operation to supply billions of coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries has started. But as rich countries buy most of the available supply, stark inequalities remain.

#accra-ghana, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #world-health-organization

As Virus Resurges in Africa, Doctors Fear the Worst Is Yet to Come

The coronavirus killed far fewer people in Africa than in Europe and the Americas, leading to a widespread perception that it was a disease of the West. Now, a tide of new cases on the continent is raising alarms.

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Trump Gave W.H.O. a List of Demands. Hours Later, He Walked Away.

When President Trump quit the health organization, he left a list of seven demands on the table. Here they are.

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In Hunt for Coronavirus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

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In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

Don’t Leave the W.H.O. Strengthen It.

The organization is still the world’s best hope for fighting pandemics.

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W.H.O. Members Reject Trump’s Demands but Agree to Study Its Virus Response

The outcome left the United States isolated as officials from China, Russia and the European Union chided Mr. Trump over his heated threats.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #geneva-switzerland, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

Coronavirus Vaccine Research Gets $8 Billion in Pledges From World Leaders

The E.U. organized a teleconference to raise money for coronavirus vaccine research, drawing contributions from around the world.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-commission, #european-union, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #research, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Coronavirus Crisis Offers Taiwan a Chance to Push Back Against China

Saying “Taiwan Can Help,” the island is resisting China’s efforts to isolate the self-ruling democracy that Beijing claims as its territory.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #taiwan, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tsai-ing-wen, #world-health-organization

W.H.O., Now Trump’s Scapegoat, Warned About Coronavirus Early and Often

The World Health Organization, always cautious, acted more forcefully and faster than many national governments. But President Trump has decided to cut off U.S. funding to the organization.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #europe, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

Urged on by Conservatives and His Own Advisers, Trump Targeted the W.H.O.

But his announcement that he would freeze the U.S.’s contributions to the organization in the middle of a pandemic was denounced by Democrats as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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A Coronavirus Pandemic Is No Time to Let the Market Decide

When it comes to crucial medical supplies, cooperation, not competition, will save lives. History shows that it works.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #epidemics, #european-union, #international-trade-and-world-market, #league-of-nations, #medical-devices, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #wilson-woodrow, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

Trump, the W.H.O., and the Search for a Coronavirus Scapegoat

If the president had listened to the World Health Organization, American lives would have been saved.

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Coronavirus Turmoil in 5 Charts, 10 Quotes, 5 Photos and 1 Map

The most severe decline in stocks since the financial crisis reflects worries that a public health crisis is threatening to become a global economic disaster.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-reserve-system, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #world-health-organization