COVID-19: Pause sale of captured wild animals in wet markets as emergency measure, WHO urges nations
The coronavirus' origins have been the source of intense speculation, much of it centred around the likelihood that it was carried by bats and passed to humans through an intermediary species
A joint statement by 14 countries states that they don't believe the conditions under which the report was written was "independent and objective".
Some critics have suggested that the team seemed to take the Chinese official position at face value and did not adequately investigate lab officials’ assertions
China’s lack of transparency as well as other concerns prompted a small group of scientists not affiliated with WHO to call for a new inquiry into the origin of the pandemic
By the end of 2020, roughly half of all countries remained completely closed to non-citizens and non-visa holders except for essential travel related to health emergencies, humanitarian or diplomatic missions, commerce or family reunification.
As travel begins to normalise after a year of lockdowns, will vaccine passports become the way forward?
It has been suggested that the lure of a vaccine passport could result in more people stepping forward to get vaccinated.
WHO study finds one in three women worldwide have experienced at least one instance of sexual violence
The study found such violence disproportionately affects women in low- and lower-middle-income countries, with some countries showing a prevalence of about half of all women.
Scientists working on coronaviruses continue to unearth and report evidence to support the natural evolution and spillover of the virus from animals
The WHO investigators visited hospitals and a seafood market in China even as Beijing continued to avoid blame for missteps in early response to the outbreak
However, a single visit by scientists is unlikely to confirm the origins of COVID-19. Pinning down an outbreak’s animal reservoir is typically an exhaustive endeavour that takes years of research
Donald Trump destroyed his legacy, ended his political future and left conservative politics discredited
Democracy in the US will limp back to functionality, but the events set a terrible precedent that will encourage demagogues and dictators worldwide to undermine democracy and suppress will of the people
Many of Trump’s most significant actions as president were aimed at limiting regulation of the environment and pulling back from efforts to combat climate change
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said one poor country received a mere 25 vaccine doses while over 39 million doses have been administered in nearly 50 richer nations
The report faults public health leaders for responding slowly to early evidence that people without symptoms could spread the new coronavirus
WHO says its China mission seeking answers about COVID-19's origins, not looking for someone to blame
The WHO had expected the investigation to start last week, but Beijing suddenly announced a last-minute hold-up over entry permission
Emergencies chief Dr Michael Ryan said the international scientific team's team was to start on Tuesday, but several approvals had not yet been granted
Boris Johnson to chair crisis meet as countries block flights from UK over new highly infectious coronavirus strain
Scientists first discovered the new variant, which they believe is 70 percent more transmissible, in a patient in September. Public Health England notified the government on Friday when modelling revealed its full seriousness
The UN body has for months been working to send a team of experts, including epidemiologists and animal health specialists, to China, where the novel coronavirus first surfaced in December 2019
The researchers used a mouse model to investigate if the alterations in RFRP-3 neuronal activity led to changes in puberty onset, fertility and stress responses.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020: Types of invisible disabilities and their impact
This year’s theme was designed to bring attention to disabilities that are not immediately apparent to others and yet have a deep and potentially devastating impact on the lives of the patients, their loved ones and caregivers