COVID-19

Keep informed about the latest stories related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

29 November 2021

Omicron: why the WHO designated it a variant of concern

Not much data, but lessons have been learned from the slow response to delta.

29 November 2021

Journalists fighting the pandemic: Cameroon's COVID-19 unsung heroes

The media men and women in the country are doing their all to reverse this phenomenon.

26 November 2021

The Future of Global Pandemic Security: Navigating shifting landscapes – a Gavi White Paper

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how ill-prepared health systems and societies are in the face of pandemic shocks and their protracted impact. Now, as global attention begins to shift towards improving the way we prevent and respond to future pandemics, what lessons learned, missing pieces and success stories can help us prepare for the next one?

26 November 2021

What do we know about the new B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant and should we be worried?

The variant was first detected in Botswana and contains a high number of mutations associated with increased immune evasion.

25 November 2021

Study: government vaccine spending increases since 2000

A comprehensive analysis of vaccine spending shows that while lower-income country governments take on the bulk of financing, they need to mobilise greater resources for immunisation.

25 November 2021

We expected people with asthma to fare worse during COVID. Turns out they’ve had a break

Not only have asthma attack rates decreased during the pandemic, evidence suggests people with asthma are not at increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID.

24 November 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine race

Scientists around the world are working faster than ever to develop and produce vaccines that can stop the spread of COVID-19, with 21 vaccines now being rolled out in countries worldwide. Here is an at-a-glance overview of those vaccines and recent developments of candidates in clinical trials.

24 November 2021

COVID-19 and the impact on part time jobs

The loss of jobs during the pandemic was experienced almost exclusively among part-time jobs. Research shows it is likely that demand for workers in hard-hit sectors will start to come back, writes economist Jonathan Wadsworth. However, the persistence of COVID-19 and its associated effects on the movement of people could still slow recovery.

24 November 2021

COVAX slot swapping: Explained

Switzerland has just become the first country to trade places with COVAX in manufacturers’ supply queues, making one million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine available to the Facility. But what is slot swapping and why is it necessary?

23 November 2021

Immune to COVID-19: Why some people test negative when everyone around them is testing positive

Researchers are closing in on why some people are apparently more resistant to COVID-19 infection.

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