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Medical workers prepare to enter an evacuation center in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, where COVID-19 infections were confirmed on Jan. 6.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 29, 2024
Japan likely experiencing 10th wave of COVID-19
The spread is being driven by the highly contagious new JN.1 variant.
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.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen attends the National Day celebration ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, on Oct. 10.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 14, 2023
U.S. and Taiwan officials discuss Taipei's role in world forums
Any matter related to Taiwan is politically delicate and very often a source of friction between Washington and Beijing.
Children and their parents wait at an outpatient area at a children's hospital in Beijing on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health / EXPLAINER
Nov 25, 2023
What we know so far about surging respiratory illnesses in China
While emphasizing that the full situation remains unclear, experts say there is little to suggest the cases were caused by a new virus.
Parents take their children to see a doctor at the pediatric emergency department of a hospital in Shanghai on Nov. 14
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Nov 24, 2023
China says no unusual pathogens found in respiratory outbreaks
Other nations also faced respiratory illness surges post-pandemic
Children and their parents wait at a hospital in Beijing on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Nov 23, 2023
WHO asks China for more data on respiratory illness outbreak
Northern China has reported an increase in "influenza-like illness" since mid-October when compared to the same period in the previous three years.
Injured children at Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Oct. 12 following Israeli air strikes
WORLD
Nov 19, 2023
WHO says Gaza's Shifa hospital a 'death zone,' urges evacuation
The World Health Organization said Sunday it had led an assessment mission to Shifa hospital in Gaza City and determined it was a "death zone," urging a full evacuation.
India's exports represent about 40% of rice's global trade. New Delhi has banned or taxed rice and wheat exports to counter domestic food inflation.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 14, 2023
India pushes the world toward another rice crisis
Spooked by volatile foodgrain prices ahead of a general election next year, India’s government has banned or taxed rice and wheat exports.
A nurse prepares a malaria vaccine before administering it to an infant in Kisumu, Kenya, in July 2022.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 3, 2023
WHO recommends malaria vaccine that will be rolled out next year
R21/Matrix-M, developed by Britain's University of Oxford, will become available by mid-2024
An ayurvedic doctor performs a traditional therapy at SGVP Holistic hospital in Ahmedabad, India, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 17, 2023
WHO holds first traditional medicine summit
The global health body has come under fire from online critics who accused it of providing scientific validation to pseudoscience.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 14, 2023
Aspartame ‘possibly’ carcinogenic, yet safe at common-use levels, WHO says
A chemical-based sweetener that is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, aspartame is packaged and sold under names such as Equal.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 13, 2023
WHO worried bird flu might adapt to humans 'more easily'
Since late 2021, Europe has been gripped by its worst-ever outbreak of bird flu, while North and South America have also experienced severe outbreaks.
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
WORLD
May 30, 2023
Critics say pandemic treaty text is 'step backward'
Changes to the preliminary negotiating text are seen as weakening language on preventing the rampant inequality seen in access to vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
May 24, 2023
World Health Organization working towards 'pandemic treaty' by May 2024
A new pact is a priority for agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has called it a "generational commitment that we will not go back to the old cycle of panic and neglect."
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 12, 2023
Mpox no longer a global health emergency, WHO chief says
A cousin of the smallpox virus, mpox has mostly been confined to developing countries for years, but spread across Europe and the U.S. last year.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 5, 2023
COVID-19 is no longer global health emergency, WHO says
The WHO"s emergency committee first declared that COVID represented its highest level of alert more than three years ago, on Jan. 30 2020.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 5, 2023
WHO weighs whether to lift COVID-19 emergency status
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus listed a slew of concerns, including the fact that efforts to track how the virus spreads and mutates have "declined significantly."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 9, 2023
China rejects WHO accusations of hiding Wuhan COVID-19 data
The rebukes came after overseas researchers discovered sequences that had not been previously shared.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 7, 2023
'We need to know': WHO says China has more data on COVID-19 origin
More than three years after COVID-19 first surfaced, heated debate still rages around the origins of the pandemic.

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