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Analysis finds climate pledges ‘fall far short’

A collapsed block of permafrost along Drew Point, Alaska (AN/Benjamin Jones)

The world’s promised cuts in greenhouse gases come nowhere close to fulfilling the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to a new U.N. analysis.

COVAX starts global vaccine push in Ghana

The COVAX Facility's first COVID-19 vaccines arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana (AN/Francis Kokoroko)

The COVAX Facility’s global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines finally launched with the delivery of 600,000 doses to Ghana’s capital Accra.

Nations debate call for ‘vaccination ceasefire’

U.N. helicopters in Juba, South Sudan (AN/Chetan Sharma)

The U.N. Security Council took up a proposed resolution calling for ceasefires in conflict zones that would allow deliveries of coronavirus vaccines.

Airlines to help U.N. spread COVID-19 vaccines

A United airliner at Zurich airport (AN/John Heilprin)

Sixteen airlines joined a UNICEF-led initiative to push for speedier deliveries of coronavirus vaccines and medical supplies among more than 100 nations.

WHO adds vaccines for emergency use

A medical assistant at a U.S. Navy health clinic in San Diego draws a patient’s blood for Phase III trials of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in December (AN/Jake Greenberg)

WHO listed two of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccines for emergency use, only the second instance of approvals granted since the pandemic began.

China and U.S. spar over WHO probe

WHO and Chinese scientists visit veterinary labs in Wuhan (AN/CGTN)

Chinese diplomats pushed back against U.S. skepticism about whether Beijing fully cooperated with WHO scientists investigating the pandemic’s origins.

WHO team focuses on virus from animals

A screenshot of WHO's webcast press briefing from Wuhan, China (AN/WHO)

The initial spread of the coronavirus among people most likely originated from an animal and not from a Chinese lab, WHO-led scientists told journalists.

WEF delays Singapore summit over pandemic

Singapore's Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel and convention center (AN/Fabio Achilli)

WEF postponed its Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore until mid-August due to what it called “international challenges in containing the pandemic.”

Watchdog ties corruption to virus response

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, and other anti-corruption protesters at a march in Moscow in memory of slain politician Boris Nemtsov (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)

Transparency International found nations doing the most to combat corruption had better health care systems in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global COVID-19 cases exceed 100 million

Mass screening for COVID-19 in November at Bolzano, Italy (AN/Davide Costanzo)

Confirmed cases of coronavirus surged past 100 million people — one of every four cases in the United States alone — with 2.1 million deaths worldwide.