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


21 October 2020

How Gavi, UNICEF and WHO supported Timor-Leste’s successful COVID-19 response strategy

Timor Leste has kept COVID-19 infections to a minimum, and thanks to effective collaboration has managed to successfully reverse the initial declines seen in immunisation coverage and health service delivery.

21 October 2020

Q&A with Dr Odete

Timor-Leste’s Director-General of Health Services for the Ministry of Health discusses the unique challenges of tackling COVID-19 in Timor-Leste and how have they been addressed.

20 October 2020

Why we need a “portfolio approach” to COVID-19 vaccine development

Most vaccine candidates in early development fail: this is the stark reality of vaccine development.

20 October 2020

Children who get zero vaccines deserve 100% of our attention

Over 50% more children were immunised in Gavi countries in 2019 than in 2000, yet 10.6 million children continue to miss out entirely on basic vaccinations. Here’s why reaching these children and setting them on the pathway to full immunisation is our highest priority.

19 October 2020

Once we have effective Covid-19 treatments, it shouldn’t only be the rich who benefit

We need a range of treatments to make Covid-19 preventable and treatable. Jeremy Farrar describes recent progress made by research and why more investment is needed.

16 October 2020

Brazil city ‘might have reached herd immunity'

Herd immunity threshold may have been reached in Amazonas capital, Manaus, but experts warn that herd immunity is not the end of the pandemic.

16 October 2020

Why some people might be immune to certain COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccines based on the common cold virus are at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccine race, but they may be less effective in people who have previously been infected by these common pathogens. So how could we overcome this challenge?

15 October 2020

Why handwashing with soap is the most effective way to stop viruses

Global Handwashing Day and the ongoing spread of COVID-19 is a timely reminder about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to stay healthy.

15 October 2020

COVID-19 as an awakening for hand hygiene access

As the pandemic unfolded around the world, hand sanitizer and handwashing stations became as in-demand as toilet paper.

14 October 2020

How “data poverty” could worsen health inequalities during the pandemic and beyond

Big data has the potential to change society for the better, but this opportunity is being undermined by a failure to collect data from across societies and make it publicly available.

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