WHO Rates Its COVID-19 Efforts, Points to $900M Funding Gap

The World Health Organization director-general told the agency’s executive board Friday it has a $900 million gap in funds for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. In its first virtual meeting, the board and its newly-elected chairman, Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, heard Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus say the WHO had worked “day and night” […]

New Studies Warn of Dangers From Hydroxychloroquine, Falling Vaccination Rates

A malaria drug that U.S. President Donald Trump says he has been taking to avoid contracting COVID-19 has been linked to increased risk of death in patients with the disease, according to a study published in a prominent medical journal. The study, published Friday in The Lancet, monitored more than 96,000 COVID-19 hospital patients. It […]

WHO, Other Groups Say COVID-19 Restrictions Put Vaccine Programs at Risk

Nearly 80 million children under age 1 are at higher risk of preventable diseases such as measles, cholera and polio because of the disruption of routine vaccination programs, according to a report released Friday by the World Health Organization and other global organizations. Immunization campaigns have been disrupted in half of the 129 countries surveyed […]

India Reports Largest Daily Spike in Coronavirus Infections

India’s health ministry said Friday the country has recorded its largest increase in COVID-19 infections in a 24-hour period – 6,088. There were 148 deaths in the same time frame – from Thursday morning to Friday, the ministry said. Currently, the massive country has 119,574 reported coronavirus infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus […]

COVID-19 Dampens Eid Festivities

Just before Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Islamic observance of Ramadan, customers in Pakistan rushed to finish shopping in bazaars that opened after a nearly two-month lockdown because of the coronavirus. In many places, crowds simply ignored warnings and guidelines to protect against the pandemic. “I don’t think it’s such a […]

As Deaths Soar, Doubts Grow Over Sweden’s Exceptional COVID-19 Response

LONDON – As much of Europe remains under a strict lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, Sweden has stood out in taking a very different approach. The government has refused to impose strict new lockdown laws, and its people have been allowed to work and travel. In the early days of the pandemic, it seemed that […]

Promising COVID-19 Treatment Uses Antibodies from Recovered Patients

WASHINGTON – Chinese scientists say a new drug is showing promising results in treating and preventing COVID-19, which could be effective in ending the pandemic before a vaccine is ready. U.S. scientists say the Chinese treatment “has potential,” but it may take a long time before determining if it is a realistic option. On Tuesday, […]

Cyclone Amphan Brings Heavy Rain, Destruction to India, Bangladesh

NEW DELHI – Cyclone Amphan was downgraded to a tropical depression Wednesday but was still expected to drench parts of inland India and Bangladesh with heavy rain and flooding, damaging some of the weaker houses and buildings. Amphan slammed into the eastern coast of India on Wednesday as the equivalent of a powerful Category 3 […]

US Stocks Surge on Promising Coronavirus Vaccine Test; World Markets Post Gains

U.S. stocks surged Monday after biotechnology company Moderna Inc. said its initial tests for a possible coronavirus vaccine produced favorable results from a small sample of people. Stock for Moderna, which is based in the eastern U.S. state of Massachusetts, gained more than 20% to $80.17 a share after the company announced its Phase 1 […]

World Leaders Urge Solidarity to Defeat COVID-19 Pandemic

World leaders attending the first-ever virtual World Health Assembly have called on nations to unite to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the first cases of the deadly disease were declared in China in December, the WHO has reported more than 4.7 million infections around the world, including more than 315,000 deaths. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres […]

Europe, Asia Continue Wary Re-Opening

Spain’s two largest cities remain in coronavirus related lockdowns Sunday as the rest of the country begins slowly reopening. Spain, which currently has recorded the fourth-highest death toll due to the coronavirus in the world, reported a death toll of under 100 people Sunday – the lowest recorded since its lockdown began in mid-March. Italy […]

Analysis: Privacy Worries Could Derail Virus Tracking Plans

BATON ROUGE, LA. – Worries about the breach of individual privacy rights could undermine Louisiana’s ability to quickly pinpoint those who have encountered someone infected with COVID-19, a tracking plan that public health experts say is critical to slowing the spread of the coronavirus disease. Gov. John Bel Edwards has started reopening much of Louisiana’s […]

Historically Black Colleges Work to Help Students Amid Virus

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Ja’nayla Johnson worked hard in high school with the dream of being the first in her family to graduate from college, but she started to doubt herself as several colleges rejected her. Then Bennett, a small historically black women’s college in North Carolina, saw Johnson’s potential and offered her a full scholarship. […]