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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.

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.

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.

WHO welcomes U.S. back to the ‘family’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, and WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuscases at a virtual meeting (AN/WHO)

WHO basked in renewed U.S. cooperation as President Biden sent Dr. Anthony Fauci to repair damage from the Trump administration’s withdrawal.

U.S. reversals on global health and climate policy

The White House in Washington last week (AN/Joyce Boghosian)

Moves to rejoin WHO and the Paris climate treaty were among a burst of immediate directives issued by U.S. President Joe Biden upon taking office.

Panel cites ‘early failings’ in virus response

Medical workers with coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China on February 6, 2020 (AN/China Daily)

An expert panel faulted WHO along with China and other nations in a report that found numerous “lost opportunities” to try to head off the pandemic.

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)

The WHO chief expressed moral outrage at rich nations’ young, healthy adults getting vaccinated ahead of poor nations’ elderly and health care workers.