Hosted by Russia, the summit gave the BRICS group a chance to harmonise their approach before the G20 meeting in Riyadh.
Access to testing had been improving across the U.S., but as cases increase, more testing is needed.
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COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing across the US. Testing has ramped up over the past few months, but increasing hospitalizations, deaths and test-positivity rates show that the virus is out of control.
The funding, procurement, storage and distribution of a vaccine present huge challenges to all governments, including New Zealand's.
A Trump election loss would suit NZ's trade, climate and arms control foreign policies. But there will still be the problem of China.
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The WHO has been criticised for being slow to recognise the scale of the COVID-9 pandemic. We suggest a new protocol on infectious diseases to help with faster data collection and more open sharing.
A senior World Health Organisation envoy caused consternation by proclaiming lockdowns are not a good long-term strategy against COVID-19. But it's true, and other subtler tactics are better in the long run.
COVID-19 has all but wiped foreign policy from the election debate, but a world still in crisis awaits the winner of the general election.
How will vaccines be equitably distributed?
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The Trump administration wants to go it alone when it comes to vaccine development and distribution. What does this mean for the U.S. and the world?
Research technician Leon McFarlane handles a blood sample from a volunteer in the laboratory at Imperial College in London, where a COVID-19 vaccine is under development, on July 30, 2020.
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With $1 billion in advance purchase agreements for COVID-19 vaccines, Canada has joined the vaccine nationalists: rich countries buying up more than half the global short-term supply of vaccine.
ew Zealand’s Helen Clark on the pandemic inquiry and avoiding election ‘cat fights’
Michelle Grattan talks with former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark about the global pandemic, and the New Zealand federal election
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More than 170 countries have signed up to the Global Access (COVAX) initiative, but vaccine hoarding has already begun by many wealthy countries — leaving poorer nations potentially in the lurch.
A two-dose coronavirus vaccine would mean we need to produce 12-15 billion doses. This is roughly twice the world's current total vaccine manufacturing capacity.
Bikers protest against the tobacco ban at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa.
The government was initially praised for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic but powerful interests could now be pushing its containment plans off course
The power vacuum in world leadership means New Zealand and other small states will have to create a new rules-based international order.
A heavily pregnant woman collects firewood in the Malambo district of Ngorongoro, Tanzania.
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Even though the spouse escort policy carries good intentions, we found during our study that it constituted a barrier to care in numerous ways.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrives at a press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva on July 3, 2020.
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The WHO is a health agency, not a political one. Yet political leaders have often criticized it. Still, the move by the US to pull out from the organization is unprecedented.
The actions of one country cannot be allowed to undermine decades of multilateral efforts to improve the health and well-being of all peoples of the world.
239 scientists have penned an open letter to the WHO arguing COVID-19 likely spreads through the air. But what is airborne transmission, and how strong is the evidence COVID-19 spreads this way?
To contain and mitigate the virus of misinformation needs multi-levelled, socio-cultural approaches.
In Africa, people who report higher levels of exposure to disinformation also report lower levels of media trust.
Bruce Aylward, team lead of the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19, speaks to the media about COVID-19 after returning from China, on Feb. 25, 2020.
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The World Health Organization’s handling of communication around COVID-19 included ambiguous messaging that created confusion.