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WHO lists first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)

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

European Council President Charles Michel at an E.U.-China leaders' video meeting (AN/E.U.)

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

A registered nurse at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego administers a shot to a patient for the Phase III trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate (AN/Jake Greenberg)

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

A U.S. vaccine center in Baltimore gives shots to health and emergency workers (AN/Baltimore County Government)

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

World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

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

A public exhibit on pandemic art among deserted streets in the U.K.'s Newcastle-under-Lyme (AN/Robert Jones)

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

An Italian-sculpted statue of King Richard I, one of the few non-British artworks at Parliament (AN/John Heilprin)

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

WHO officials Francesco Zambon, right, and Piroska Östlin at a 2017 reception in Malta (AN/WHO Europe)

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

European Medicines Agency officials brief reporters on the COVID-19 vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer (AN/John Heilprin)

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

Swiss medical regulator Swissmedic's headquarters in Bern (AN/John Heilprin)

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