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China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

Jul. 22, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was “rather...

The Latest: Indian government dismisses excess deaths study

Jul. 22, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

DELHI, India — India's government has dismissed a recent study which estimated that the country's excess deaths during the pandemic could be 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, calling it “misleading” and “fallacious." On Tuesday, new research by the Center for...

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 20, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization told sports officials Wednesday as events began in Japan. How infections are handled is what...

Vaccine inequity: Inside the cutthroat race to secure doses

Jul. 18, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — No one disputes that the world is unfair. But no one expected a vaccine gap between the global rich and poor that was this bad, this far into the pandemic. Inequity is everywhere: Inoculations go begging in the United States while Haiti, a short plane ride...

The Latest: Vaccinated Americans to be able to enter Canada

Jul. 15, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel and should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September. ...

WHO chief says it was 'premature' to rule out COVID lab leak

Jul. 15, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak, and he said Thursday he is asking China to be more transparent as scientists search for the origins of the coronavirus. ...

Dispiriting setback: COVID deaths, cases rise again globally

Jul. 14, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for a return to normal life. The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that deaths climbed last week after nine...

Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal

Jul. 13, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — After Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple — and millions of...

WHO: Rich countries should donate vaccines, not use boosters

Jul. 12, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Top officials at the World Health Organization say there's not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed Monday for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their people instead of being used by...

UN calls for global database of human gene editing research

Jul. 12, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization issued new recommendations Monday on human genome editing, calling for a global registry to track “any form of genetic manipulation” and proposing a whistle-blowing mechanism to raise concerns about unethical or unsafe research. ...