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Expert panel says pandemic was preventable

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a 2019 IAEA conference in Vienna (AN/Dean Calma)

An independent expert panel faulted the World Health Organization and world leaders with a slow-moving response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook-backed digital currency reboots

Facebook's cryptocurrency project is moving from Geneva to Washington (AN/Diem Association)

Facebook’s global digital currency project is abandoning Switzerland as its hoped-for regulatory home and planning to launch a U.S.-based payment system.

E.U. report ties green tech to recycling

European Space Agency image of Chile's Tarapacá Region where nitrates, lithium, potassium and iodine are mined (AN/ESA)

Recycling of rare elements will be crucial to ensure adequate supplies for low-carbon technologies, a two-year E.U.-funded project concluded.

WHO grants emergency use of China’s Sinopharm

A shipment of China's Sinopharm vaccine arrives in Peru (AN/Peru Foreign Ministry)

WHO added a Chinese shot to its list of COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use, providing COVAX another option to broaden vaccine access.

Methane cuts urged as cheaper climate path

A system used by the University of British Columbia to measure methane emissions from Vancouver (AN/Rick Ketler)

A new U.N. report recommended methane emissions cuts as the most efficient way of preventing another 0.3 degrees Celsius of global warming.

U.S. and WTO chief push IP vaccine waiver

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala leads a General Council meeting in Geneva (AN/WTO)

The United States and WTO chief backed waivers to vaccine patent protections aimed at speeding efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic.

E-commerce rises to 19% of all retail purchases

UNCTAD reports online sales jumped to 19 percent of all retail purchases in 2020 (AN/Andrew Neel)

Global online sales among seven major economies jumped to almost one-fifth of all retail sales last year during the pandemic, UNCTAD reported.

Diplomats see progress on Iran nuclear talks

Delegates to the Iran nuclear talks (AN/E.U. Delegation Vienna)

Major powers completed a third round of talks in Vienna amid “cautious and growing optimism,” seeking ways to resuscitate the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.