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Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
And does it even matter?
ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, Dilok Klaisataporn
Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?

And does it even matter?

And does it even matter?

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, Dilok Klaisataporn

WHO

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WHO Scientist Mwele Malecela Dies at 59
Pradip Chatterjee | Mar 4, 2022
Her achievements included developing a roadmap to tackle neglected tropical diseases.
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What We Learned About COVID-19 in 2021
Shawna Williams | Dec 16, 2021
As Omicron induces a sense of deja vu at the close of the year, we look back at a few key ways in which our understanding has moved forward.
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Hope, Concern Surround WHO Green Light of First Malaria Vaccine
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 28, 2021
RTS,S has several flaws but could still save tens of thousands of lives, experts say.
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WHO Restarts Investigation of COVID-19 Emergence with New Panel
Chloe Tenn | Sep 28, 2021
A new, more diverse group of researchers is being appointed take over the stalled investigation.
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Book Excerpt from You Bet Your Life
Paul A. Offit | Sep 21, 2021
In his book’s Introduction, physician-scientist Paul A. Offit reviews the unusual constellation of circumstances around the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
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What We Know About Mu, the WHO’s Latest Variant of Interest
Christie Wilcox | Sep 7, 2021
The SARS-CoV-2 variant was first detected in January, but its rising prevalence and potential resistance to vaccines has garnered it special attention from the World Health Organization.
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Ivory Coast Confirms First Ebola Case Since 1994
Annie Melchor | Aug 16, 2021
Officials say it’s not yet clear whether this case is linked to an outbreak in Guinea earlier this summer.
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Marburg Virus Disease Detected in West Africa for First Time
Shawna Williams | Aug 10, 2021
The finding of the Ebola-like disease, which killed a man in Guinea, has prompted public health measures.
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WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome Editing
Annie Melchor | Jul 12, 2021
The guidance comes after two years of consulting with hundreds of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, religious leaders, patient groups, and scientists.
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China Is Malaria-Free, Says World Health Organization
Annie Melchor | Jun 30, 2021
The certification, a major accomplishment for the world’s most populous nation, may serve as an example to other countries struggling with malaria eradication.
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BioHub Network Aims to Advance Sharing of Pathogens for Research
Shawna Williams | Jun 6, 2021
The World Health Organization–led program will promote equity in addition to facilitating access to samples, a WHO official involved in the project tells The Scientist.
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Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine on Hold in Some Countries
Asher Jones | Mar 12, 2021
Rollouts of the shot have ground to a halt following reports of blood clots, but health authorities say that these fears are unfounded and vaccination programs should continue.
Interim Report on Origin of SARS-CoV-2 Scrapped by WHO
Lisa Winter | Mar 5, 2021
Instead, the full report will be available in mid-March.
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WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab
Kerry Grens | Feb 9, 2021
An investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of COVID-19 will instead focus on the virus’s animal origins and the possibility of spread through frozen foods.
WHO Leads in Using Solid Science to Draft COVID-19 Policy: Study
Max Kozlov | Jan 8, 2021
Governments are variable in their reliance on highly cited research, while international intergovernmental organizations such as the World Health Organization reliably link policy and science, according to an analysis of thousands of policy documents from the first half of 2020.
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 28, 2020
J. Michael Lane was the director of the CDC’s successful program to eradicate smallpox.
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Scientists Urge Consideration of Airborne SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Amanda Heidt | Jul 6, 2020
An open letter points to outbreaks that cannot be explained by large droplets and contact with surfaces alone.
Could Statins Reduce the Severity of COVID-19?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 12, 2020
The cholesterol-lowering drugs quell inflammation and reverse endothelial tissue damage, hints that they might curb the body’s excessive immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
WHO Comments Breed Confusion Over Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19
Jef Akst | Jun 10, 2020
After stating that asymptomatic individuals are unlikely to transmit the novel coronavirus, World Health Organization officials clarify that this is very much an open question.