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A man is inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine in New Hyde Park, New York, in September 2023.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 26, 2024
COVID and beyond: Labs unite to boost genomic surveillance globally
Teams at two facilities said they were worried governments and funders may pull back from such surveillance.
Desi Permatasari, 32, comforts her daughter, Sheena Almaera Maryam, 5, who was prescribed contaminated cough syrup last year in their home in Bogor, Indonesia.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Dec 24, 2023
When children take toxic cough syrup — and live
In Indonesia, one of the places most impacted by the contamination, families struggle to care for survivors while taking action against those responsible.
People wait in line to take a COVID-19 oral swab test on a sidewalk in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on June 20.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 25, 2023
Highly mutated COVID variant BA.2.86 found in two more countries
Omicron offshoot BA.2.86 carries more than 35 mutations in key portions of the virus compared with XBB.1.5, the dominant variant through most of 2023.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 27, 2023
COVAX vaccine initiative has $2.6 billion left to spend as pandemic recedes
The initiative is set to wind up at the end of this year, although some of its work will continue.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 30, 2023
Mystery middleman may offer clues to Indian-made cough syrup deaths
The deaths of more than 70 Gambian children from acute kidney Injury were linked by global health officials to cough syrups made in India.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Mar 20, 2023
Vaccine-makers prep bird flu shot for humans 'just in case'
One current outbreak of avian flu has killed a record number of birds and infected mammals, but human cases remain rare.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 28, 2022
COVID disrupted measles vaccinations in Africa and now cases are surging
After what health experts call the biggest backslide in a generation, 26 large or disruptive measles outbreaks have sprung up worldwide.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 9, 2022
Long COVID's link to suicide: Scientists warn of hidden crisis
Long COVID is a complex medical condition that can be hard to diagnose as it has a range of more than 200 symptoms — some of which can resemble other illnesses.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 17, 2022
WHO vows nothing 'ridiculous' as public submits ideas to rename monkeypox
Often disease names are chosen behind closed doors by a technical committee, but this time the WHO has decided to open up the process to the public.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 31, 2022
Inside the super-secure Swiss lab trying to stop the next pandemic
Spiez Laboratory was tasked last year by the WHO to be the first in a global network of high-security laboratories that will grow, store and share newly discovered microbes.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Jul 27, 2022
Monkeypox emergency could last months, with window closing to stop spread, experts say
Making predictions are complex, scientists around the world said, but with cases doubling every two weeks, sustained transmission is likely to last several months and possibly longer.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 18, 2022
Years of neglect leaves sexual health clinics ill-prepared for monkeypox
The clinics on the front line of fighting the disease are financially stretched, leaving the U.S. and U.K. ill-equipped to tackle the first major global health test since the pandemic.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 14, 2022
Why the world's first malaria shot won't reach millions of children who need it
The world's inability to fund more Mosquirix shots dismays many in Africa. Children on the continent account for the vast majority of the roughly 600,000 global malaria deaths every year.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 27, 2022
WHO condemns Russia's aggression in Ukraine in rare vote
The proposal brought by the U.S. and others condemned Russia's actions but stopped short of immediately suspending its voting rights at the U.N. health agency.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 11, 2022
Test, test, test? Scientists question costly mass COVID-19 checks
The dominance of the relatively milder omicron variant and the availability of vaccines and treatments means governments should consider more strategic policies, some experts say.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Mar 25, 2022
Drugmakers and scientists begin the hunt for long COVID treatments
Leading drugmakers, including those who have launched pills and monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19, are having early discussions with researchers about how to target the disease.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 9, 2022
'A war for life of our child': Health crisis spills out of Ukraine conflict
Ukraine, a country of 44 million, has 2.3 million people with diabetes, 250,000 people living with HIV and around 160,000 cancer patients, according to the latest WHO estimates.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 23, 2022
Makers of baby formula still break global marketing rules, WHO and UNICEF find
More than a third of women across all countries surveyed said that health workers had recommended a specific brand of formula to them.

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