WHO lists first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

The WHO listed Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine Comirnaty® for emergency use, the first such designation since the pandemic began earlier this year.

E.U. and China reach pact on business investment

The European Union moved to clinch a business investment deal with China despite concerns from the United States and human rights organizations.

Vaccine approvals add promise for COVAX use

Britain and Argentina authorized emergency use of a coronavirus vaccine that adds momentum to its anticipated global use by international organizations.

WHO warns even deadlier pandemic may surface

WHO officials ended the year with a warning that a future pandemic more severe than the coronavirus may hit one day if the world is not ready.

WTO delays IP waiver proposal for pandemic

A proposal for WTO to suspend IP protections of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments is set to expire this month, kicking the issue over to 2021.

COVID-19 cases exceed 80 million worldwide

The world surpassed 80 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1.75 million deaths, as the coronavirus keeps accelerating and affects nearly every region.

U.K. and E.U. reach post-Brexit trade deal

Britain reached a tentative free-trade deal to lessen the chaos of its departure from the European Union, the world’s biggest trading bloc.

Tug-of-war over pulled WHO Italy report

A suppressed WHO report on Italy’s pandemic response says hospitals were “chaotic,” dangers to elderly went unrecognized, and training was haphazard.

E.U. regulator approves first COVID-19 vaccine

A two-shot vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer gained official approval in the E.U., two days after Switzerland approved it through a normal procedure.

Swiss achieve first full-blown vaccine approval

Switzerland announced it has become the first government in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine using a standard process of regulatory approval.

COVAX vaccine rollout gets 2 billion doses

The COVAX Facility has secured almost 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates for low-income and developing countries, organizations said.

ICJ steps into Guyana-Venezuela border dispute

ICJ ruled it has jurisdiction to settle a border dispute going back to colonial-era claims over a resources-rich jungle region between Guyana and Venezuela.

CAS imposes Russia ban for next 2 Olympics

The world’s top sports court blocked Russia from fielding teams at the next two Olympics and any world championships.

U.S. currency dispute puts IMF role in spotlight

The IMF was thrust into a dispute over currency manipulation as the U.S. accused Vietnam and Switzerland of currency manipulation.

WTO subsidy talks to curb overfishing drag on

Diplomats failed to meet an end-of-year deadline for a deal on halting government subsidies that contribute to overfishing, WTO officials said.

Study projects pandemic adds 168K child deaths

Hunger from the pandemic will likely cause millions more children to suffer from severe malnutrition and add 168,000 child deaths, a new study said.

Five years on, Paris climate accord recharges

World leaders honored five years of the 2015 Paris Agreement at a virtual summit energized by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s vow to rejoin it.

Global coronavirus cases exceed 70 million

Confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 70 million with 1.58 million deaths as the pandemic raged out of control and nations pinned hopes on rolling out vaccines.

UNEP report points to catastrophic warming

Unmet promises to cut carbon emissions put the planet on track for temperatures to rise “in excess of 3 degrees Celsius this century,” UNEP reported.

Big pharma sees wide use of vaccines by late 2021

Several CEOs of leading drugmakers expressed confidence the pandemic can be brought under control starting sometime in the second half of next year.

New U.N. ‘day’ to aid efforts against epidemics

After holding its first high-level session on the pandemic, the U.N. General Assembly created a new “international day” to prevent health crises like COVID-19.