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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.

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.

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.

WHO lists Moderna vaccine for emergency use

Moderna's two-shot mRNA vaccine against COVID-19 (AN/Elaine Heirigs)

WHO listed Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, the fifth such designation since the pandemic began and another step towards global access.

Global COVID-19 infections top 150 million

Health checks in India (AN/Gwydion Williams)

Two of every five cases were in the United States, India and Brazil alone — with more than 3.1 million deaths and 87 million recoveries worldwide.

COVAX expands with World Bank backing

A photo illustration of medicinal syringes used to administer drugs, vaccines and blood transfusions (AN/Jernej Furman)

The World Bank approved US$2 billion in financing for COVID-19 vaccines in 17 developing countries as part of a two-year US$12 billion package.

Thunberg calls vaccine inequity a ‘moral test’

Greta Thunberg at a U.S. climate rally in Denver in October 2019 (AN/Anthony Quintano)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joined WHO in calling on rich nations to stop hoarding vaccines and start accelerating the spread of shots worldwide.

IAEA supports plan to release Fukushima water

Water tanks with contaminated water in front of the reactor buildings at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi (AN/Susanna Loof)

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency offered support for Japan’s decision to release treated radioactive wastewater from Fukushima into the ocean in 2023.

WHO report points to animal source of virus

WHO scientists outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan (AN/CGTN)

The coronavirus was likely transmitted initially from bats to humans through another animal and not from an accident in a Chinese lab, scientists reported.