Some parts of the world are still battling the omicron variant of COVID-19, while others seem to be somewhere around its peak. Join The World's reporter Elana Gordon for our regular series of conversations about the pandemic. She will moderate a panel on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 12 p.m. Eastern time, and will be speaking with epidemiologist Bill Hanage of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Top of The World: On Tuesday, Brazil registered a record daily number of deaths due to COVID-19 and hospitals are buckling under the strain of widespread infections. And, an official from Myanmar’s National League for Democracy has become the second party figure to die in custody after the Feb.1 coup. Also, the WTO is meeting Wednesday to discuss a proposal for a temporary intellectual property waiver on coronavirus vaccines.
The surge in coronavirus cases around the world led by states like Florida in the US serves as a reminder of the urgent need for more testing. But those who can get a test must sometimes wait days for the results. As part of our regular discussion series on the coronavirus, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with epidemiologist Michael Mina, from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health who addressed the latest advances in COVID-19 testing.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 9 million people globally and caused 440,000 deaths worldwide. With countries starting to reopen while we await vaccines and treatments, what can we expect next and how can we prepare and respond? As part of our series of conversations addressing the coronavirus crisis, The World's Elana Gordon moderating a discussion with epidemiologist Caroline Buckee from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review.
The director general of the WHO is calling for unity and an end to the "politicization" of the coronavirus crisis, pushing back on US President Donald Trump's criticism of the organization. Also, eyes are on OPEC talks today and whether Russia and Saudi Arabia will agree to production cuts as crude prices have crashed to an 18-year low. And in Italy, some overworked doctors are getting a little help from Tommy, a robot nurse.