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This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health shows a transmission electron microscopic image that shows SARS-CoV-2óalso known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. - President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States, even as infections ricochet around the world, prompting a ban on pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. China is no longer the only breeding ground for the deadly virus as countries fret over possible contagion coming from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy. There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. (Photo by Handout / National Institutes of Health / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/NIAID-RML/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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New virus mutation raises vaccine questions

The British coronavirus variant has increased transmissibility, but other mutations are provoking concern among scientists who are scrambling to work out if they will still respond to vaccines.
City of Tshwane's Special Infection Unit paramedics push a man showing symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus inside the isolation chamber equipped with a negative pressure filtration system from his home in the north of Pretoria, South Africa, on January 15, 2021. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
City of Tshwane's Special Infection Unit […]

Global death toll nears 2 million as WHO battles new virus strains

The worldwide death toll from coronavirus is approaching two million, with Europe topping 30 million infections and WHO experts working on advice to fight new, more contagious strains of the disease
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 22, 2019 German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks on stage during the party's annual congress in Leipzig, eastern Germany. - Germany's conservative CDU party will pick on January 16, 2021, during an online congress a new leader from three candidates: moderate Armin Laschet, arch-conservative Friedrich Merz and outsider Norbert Roettgen. (Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP)
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The three men vying to succeed Merkel

Germany's conservative CDU party will pick a new leader on Saturday. Here is a guide to the three men vying for the chance to be the party's chancellor candidate in this year's general election […]
Italian specialist and director of infectious diseases department of Amedeo di Savoia Hospital, Giovanni Di Perri, gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at the hospital in Turin, northern Italy, on December 27, 2020. Photo: Marco Bertorello / AFP
Italian specialist and director of infec […]

High hopes but slow start: Europe’s Covid vaccine drive

Despite high hopes and ambitious goals, most vaccination campaigns in Europe are off to a slow start, hampered by limited stocks of doses and logistical constraints

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