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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)
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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
A medical worker prepares an injection of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine at Ankara City Hospital Ankara, on January 14, 2021. - Turkey on January 13 approved the emergency use of a coronavirus jab developed by China's Sinovac, paving the way for a national vaccination drive that will start with healthcare workers. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP)
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Five hurdles in the global Covid-19 vaccine rollout

The unprecedented push to inoculate the world's population against Covid-19 has got off to a sluggish start. What has hampered the vaccine rollout and how can we overcome these obstacles?
A health worker is monitoring a patient at intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at the hospital of La-Chaux-de-Fonds on November 5, 2020. - For several weeks now, Covid-19 has once again been hitting Switzerland and more particularly its western Cantons where hospital capacity is dangerously close to saturation. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
A health worker is monitoring a patient […]

Europe sees first dip in Covid-19 cases in months, but deaths up: WHO

The number of new Covid-19 cases across Europe declined last week for the first time in over three months, but deaths in the region continued to climb, the World Health Organisation says
A syringe is pictured on an illustration representation of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Paris on May 18, 2020. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
A syringe is pictured on an illustration […]

Vaccine innovation sparks hope, questions

Pfizer and BioNTech say their vaccine is 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 infections, but experts say the announcement raises many questions such as who it will protect and for how long?
A couple, wearing face masks, walks in front of the Palazzo Chigi Government office in Rome, lit with the color of the Italian flag on November 1, 2020. - Italy reported 31,758 new cases of the virus on October 31, 2020, a new daily record. The government is eyeing a lockdown of the country's major cities, news media reported, to try to slow the alarming rise in infections. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
A couple, wearing face masks, walks in f […]

Italian regions latest to enter lockdown as virus grips Europe

Swathes of Italy have returned to coronavirus lockdown as the resurgent pandemic continued its march through Europe and reached record levels in the United States
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020 as EU member state citizens and those from the passport-free Schengen zone were allowed freely into Spain, with no 14-day quarantines required following a national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport […]

EU to open borders to ‘safe’ countries as pandemic accelerates

The European Union has agreed to reopen its borders to 15 countries excluding the virus-stricken US, as the pandemic accelerated globally with more than 505,000 deaths worldwide
A biologist working on immunotherapy for HPV+ cancers holds test tubes in the lab of Dr. Christian Hinrichs, an investigator at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, February 7, 2018. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP
A biologist working on immunotherapy for […]

HPV vaccine is safe, says cancer agency, slams ‘unfounded rumours’

"Unfounded rumours" causing people to spurn the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are preventing the elimination of cervical cancer, health authorities say.
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