WHO's director-general at a virtual news briefing in Geneva (AN/WHO)
January 5, 2021
(AN) — The U.N. health agency chief expressed rare displeasure with China on Tuesday over its bureaucratic delays preventing an international team from entering the country to investigate how COVID-19 originated.
A satellite photo in December of Iran’s nuclear facility at Fordo (AN/Maxar Technologies)
January 4, 2021
(AN) — Iran resumed enrichment of uranium to 20 percent on Monday in a move closer to weapons grade levels and further away from the 2015 nuclear deal, raising pressure on incoming U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration.
World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)
December 31, 2020
(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.
European Council President Charles Michel at an E.U.-China leaders' video meeting (AN/E.U.)
December 30, 2020
(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.
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)
December 30, 2020
(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.
A U.S. vaccine center in Baltimore gives shots to health and emergency workers (AN/Baltimore County Government)
December 28, 2020
(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.
A public exhibit on pandemic art among deserted streets in the U.K.'s Newcastle-under-Lyme (AN/Robert Jones)
December 26, 2020
(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.
An Italian-sculpted statue of King Richard I, one of the few non-British artworks at Parliament (AN/John Heilprin)
December 24, 2020
(AN) — Breaking what seemed an interminable Brexit deadlock, Britain reached a tentative free-trade deal on Thursday to lessen the chaos of its departure from the European Union, the world’s biggest trading bloc.
European Medicines Agency officials brief reporters on the COVID-19 vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer (AN/John Heilprin)
December 21, 2020
(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 medical regulator Swissmedic's headquarters in Bern (AN/John Heilprin)
December 19, 2020
(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.