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The countries that got Covid right - and those that got it wrong
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
In Depth

The countries that got Covid right - and those that got it wrong

An expert in political communication on the diverging responses to the coronavirus pandemic
12 Mar 2021
European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks
Angela Merkel puts on a FFP2 face mask
Behind the scenes

European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks

Germany and Austria mandate use of expensive FFP2 masks while WHO backs fabric coverings
15 Feb 2021
Independent panel slams China and WHO over Covid-19 response
Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the Covid-19 strain is believed to have originated
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Independent panel slams China and WHO over Covid-19 response

Long-awaited report says Beijing and the UN health agency acted too slowly to stop the spread
19 Jan 2021
Four things we learned from the leaked Wuhan Covid-19 files
Paramedics wearing personal protective equipment carry a stretcher off an ambulance.
In Brief

Four things we learned from the leaked Wuhan Covid-19 files

Documents reveal Chinese officials lied about new infections and deaths as outbreak spread
2 Dec 2020
WHO enlists team of top scientists to trace Covid-19 origins
Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan as been cited as the epicentre of the Covid pandemic
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WHO enlists team of top scientists to trace Covid-19 origins

Ten experts including England’s former deputy chief medical officer will travel to Wuhan ‘as soon as possible’
27 Nov 2020
WHO warning of a third Covid-19 wave in Europe next year
Commuters wear face masks as they pass through Vauxhall underground station, London.
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WHO warning of a third Covid-19 wave in Europe next year

UN health agency’s pandemic envoy cautions against lifting lockdown restrictions too early
23 Nov 2020
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Quiz of The Week: 3 - 9 October

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9 Oct 2020

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WHO aid workers offered ‘jobs for sex’ during Ebola outbreak
A woman suspected of suffering from Ebola is helped into a van by aid workers.
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WHO aid workers offered ‘jobs for sex’ during Ebola outbreak

More than 50 women allege abuse by men who said they were international aid providers
30 Sep 2020
Why the WHO is warning that Covid-19 won’t end with vaccine
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In Depth

Why the WHO is warning that Covid-19 won’t end with vaccine

Top official says localised lockdown measures are key to tackling Covid
2 Sep 2020
Coronavirus: Russia set for mass vaccination campaign
A doctor wearing sterile gloves prepares a vaccination injection.
In Depth

Coronavirus: Russia set for mass vaccination campaign

Moscow says mass production of the drug will begin next month following completion of clinical trials
5 Aug 2020
Coronavirus: why Johnson fears UK second spike in two weeks
Boris Johnson wearing a mask
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Coronavirus: why Johnson fears UK second spike in two weeks

PM makes grim prediction as infections rise across Europe
29 Jul 2020
Debate: did the WHO go easy on China over coronavirus?
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, and President Xi Jingping of China
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Debate: did the WHO go easy on China over coronavirus?

The UN agency has been accused of putting politics above public health
22 Jul 2020
Remdesivir: US buys world stock of key coronavirus drug
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Remdesivir: US buys world stock of key coronavirus drug

Trump administration goes on shopping spree leaving ‘nothing for Europe’
1 Jul 2020
How coronavirus has devastated war-torn Yemen
Graves for Covid-19 victims in Yemen
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How coronavirus has devastated war-torn Yemen

Doctors, diplomats and aid workers all predicted Covid-19 would hit Yemen hard – but the reality has been even worse
19 Jun 2020
Coronavirus: UK records more daily deaths than entire EU27
Boris Johnson
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Coronavirus: UK records more daily deaths than entire EU27

‘Astonishing’ latest figures come as UK eases lockdown
4 Jun 2020
How coronavirus has bolstered Taiwan’s independence movement
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan
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How coronavirus has bolstered Taiwan’s independence movement

Taipei’s swift response to pandemic has saved lives - and boosted support to challenge China
22 May 2020
World responds as global coronavirus cases pass 5 million
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World responds as global coronavirus cases pass 5 million

Latin America emerging as new front line in the battle to control outbreak
21 May 2020
Reaction: WHO warns that Covid-19 ‘may never go away’
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Reaction: WHO warns that Covid-19 ‘may never go away’

UN health agency’s emergencies director says coronavirus could become endemic like HIV
14 May 2020
Coronavirus: what has WHO done wrong?
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In Depth

Coronavirus: what has WHO done wrong?

Trump pulls funding for agency over accusations of ‘cover-ups and failures’
16 Apr 2020
The politics of naming Covid-19
Donald Trump Xi Jinping
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The politics of naming Covid-19

Trump has labelled it the ‘Chinese virus’ but why does it matter what we call it?
15 Apr 2020
The unexpected consequences of the coronavirus crisis
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The unexpected consequences of the coronavirus crisis

From environmental recovery to gangland truces
9 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: risk statistics for the young and healthy
Social distancing on the Tube
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Coronavirus: risk statistics for the young and healthy

WHO boss warns that younger people are ‘not invincible’ as Covid-19 death toll climbs
25 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: who is most at risk?
Coronavirus
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Coronavirus: who is most at risk?

Older populations are more at risk, but most cases will be mild, says World Health Organization
17 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: ten reasons not to panic
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Coronavirus: ten reasons not to panic

Microbiology expert considers the causes for optimism
16 Mar 2020
Is coronavirus disease X?
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Is coronavirus disease X?

World Health Organization predicted unknown international pandemic in 2018
16 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: five myths debunked
Scanning for coronavirus
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Coronavirus: five myths debunked

WHO has published list of widely held misconceptions about the deadly infection
28 Feb 2020
Coronavirus: WHO’s relationship with China examined
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Coronavirus: WHO’s relationship with China examined

The UN agency is facing criticism for praising Beijing’s response to deadly outbreak
5 Feb 2020
Coronavirus declared a global emergency
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Coronavirus declared a global emergency

Declaration allows World Health Organization to persuade nations to work harder
31 Jan 2020
Syrian forces ‘targeting hospitals and using cluster bombs’
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Syrian forces ‘targeting hospitals and using cluster bombs’

Amnesty International accuses Assad of ‘crimes against humanity’ as bombing intensifies
29 May 2019
What is Disease X?
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What is Disease X?

Experts fear Chinese poultry flu could mutate into mystery disease that sparks worldwide pandemic
20 Jun 2018
Are you addicted to video games?
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In Depth

Are you addicted to video games?

World Health Organization lists gaming disorder as a medical condition
18 Jun 2018
Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Liberia Ebola WHO
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Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo

World Health Organisation confirms resurgence of deadly disease one year after end of epidemic in West Africa
15 May 2017
Zika virus: tests support links to birth defects, paralysis
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Zika virus: tests support links to birth defects, paralysis

'Everything we know about this virus seems to be scarier than we initially thought,' say officials
14 Apr 2016
E-cigarettes 'should be prescribed on the NHS'
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E-cigarettes 'should be prescribed on the NHS'

Public Health England says vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking and could save thousands of lives
19 Aug 2015