Vaccines are some of the most equitable and cost-effective health interventions available.
Coronavirus is a stark reminder of what a world without vaccines would look like.
China’s bullying behaviour, its threatened resort to a form of economic blackmail and its attempts to drive a wedge between Canberra and Washington mark a vexed new frontier for Australian diplomacy.
Michelle Grattan talks with Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher about the week in politics, including the latest coronavirus developments, Malcolm Turnbull's Memoirs, and the ACCC code of conduct for Facebook and Google.
On April 15, Finland’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto (pictured in September 2019) announced on that his country would voluntarily increase its funding of the Wolrd Health Organization.
The world rightly expressed shock and dismay at Donald Trump's suspension of US funding for WHO. To respond, other governments, funders and citizens are urgently needed to fill the gap.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: at the helm of the WHO at a difficult time.
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The Trump administration has halted funding to the World Health Organization in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. But what does it actually do with its budget?
Trump pulling US funding from WHO served to deflect blame from his own bungled handling of coronavirus.
Our pets are always close at hand. Are they at risk during the pandemic?
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Both cats and dogs can become infected with the coronavirus. The chances of them getting sick or passing it on to you or another animal are extremely low.
Children at window of a building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Children will be vulnerable if vaccinations are postponed.
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South Africa could lose many children due to a measles outbreak which is completely preventable.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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If enacted, the funding cuts may cause the WHO to go bankrupt in the middle of a pandemic. Trump's move also signals the US is no longer prepared to provide a leadership role in global health issues.
Important, accurate messages delivered by the right people at the right time are crucial in a pandemic.
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For science communicators to be effective, best practice principles need to be applied to the design of messages, the choice of who conveys those messages, and their tone and timing.
Somali women on a coronavirus awareness campaign.
Some of the false claims about coronavirus may be harmless. But others can be potentially dangerous.
Science is happening fast and mistakes are being made
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Researchers, scientific journals and health agencies are doing everything they can to speed up coronavirus research. The combination of pace and panic during this pandemic is causing mistakes.
Members of a medical assistance team from Jiangsu province at a ceremony marking their departure after participating in the fight against Covid-19 in Wuhan, March 19, 2020.
China is seeking to present itself as a model in the fight against the coronavirus – even if it means rewriting the history of the crisis and discrediting the governance of liberal democracies.
The hard truth is that this ship has probably sailed.
Facebook, the least trusted tech company, has taken the lead in fighting coronavirus misinformation.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.
More than two billion people live without reliable access to clean water.
The consequences will be far more severe and long lasting in poorer countries.
U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home.
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Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
A taxi rank marshal sprays hand sanitiser on a commuter wearing a mask as a preventive measure as she arrives at the Wanderers taxi rank in Johannesburg.
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Reactions in South Africa give little reason for hope that the virus will bring people closer together or trigger more energetic action against poverty.
Commuters outside Nairobi Railway Station wash their hands before entering the train station as a preventive measure against COVID-19.
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Health literacy is the degree to which people can get, understand and use basic health information to make decisions about health issues.