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WHO chief angered at rich grip on vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. administered to Virginia National Guard personnel in December (AN/Cotton Puryear)

(Arête News) — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed moral outrage on Monday at the glaring inequity of rich nations’ young, healthy adults getting vaccinated for the coronavirus ahead of poor nations’ elderly and health care workers.

U.N. warns pandemic used to fuel extremism

Lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001 from the Brooklyn Promenade (AN/Jeffrey Bary)

(Arête News) — A top counterrorism official advised the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to fuel “racially, ethnically and politically motivated” violent extremism.

WHO virus team to enter China this week

The World Health Organization's logo (AN/U.S. Mission Geneva)

(AN) — China’s National Health Commission announced on Monday the government is “ready to receive” World Health Organization experts this week and work together on an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 90 million

Mannequins with face masks in a Swiss shop (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Confirmed COVID-19 infections exceeded 90 million — two-thirds in the Americas and Europe, where most new vaccines are being rolled out — with 1.93 million deaths and 49.8 million recoveries worldwide on Sunday.

WHO urges end to bilateral vaccine deals

The first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine arrive at the U.S. Naval Medical Center San Diego in mid-December (AN/Erwin Jacob Miciano)

(AN) — The head of the U.N. health agency asked wealthy countries to stop hoarding most of the world’s COVID-19 vaccine supply, telling reporters on Friday it is impeding multilateral efforts to ensure all nations have equal access.

China negotiating with WHO over experts visit

A public square in Wuhan, China (AN/Hugh Llewelyn)

(AN) — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday that Beijing is still negotiating the dates and terms of a visit by a World Health Organization-led team that has been planning to study how COVID-19 began.

WHO chief criticizes China over virus team

WHO's director-general at a virtual news briefing in Geneva (AN/WHO)

(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.

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