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WHO lists first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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

(AN) — The World Health Organization listed Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine Comirnaty® for emergency use on Thursday, the first such designation since the pandemic began and a step towards global access.

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.)

(AN) — The European Union on Wednesday moved to clinch a major business investment deal with China that has been seven years in the making, 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)

(AN) — Britain and Argentina became the first nations on Wednesday to authorize emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca, adding 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)

(AN) — World Health Organization senior officials ended the year on a somber and cautionary note with a warning on Monday 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)

(AN) — A proposal by South Africa and India for the World Trade Organization to suspend IP protections of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments is set to die down this month, kicking the crucial 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)

(AN) — The world surpassed 80 million confirmed COVID-19 infections with 1.75 million deaths on Saturday, as the coronavirus — including a new strain — keeps accelerating and affects nearly every region.

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)

(AN) — A suppressed World Health Organization report critical of Italy’s initial pandemic response says hospitals were “improvised, chaotic and creative,” 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)

(AN) — The two-shot vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer gained official approval for people 16 and older in the European Union on Monday, two days after Switzerland approved its use through a normal procedure.

Swiss achieve first full-blown vaccine approval

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

(AN) — Switzerland announced on Saturday that it has become the first government in the world to approve a new coronavirus vaccine by adhering to a standard non-emergency process for granting regulatory approval.

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