Author Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses for the camera in a dark blue outfit

WTO head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on vaccines: ‘We have to solve the health crisis if we want economic recovery’


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first African and female director-general of the World Trade Organization, talks to The World about her work priorities and her recent book, “Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons.”

A model of the coronavirus in red is displayed next to boxes of COVID-19 vaccines

China OKs first homegrown vaccine as COVID-19 surges globally

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Why 21st-century anti-vaxxers have nothing on their 18th-century counterparts

A girl cries before receiving polio vaccine drops at a government children's hospital in Peshawar on March 3, 2015. Pakistan authorities have arrested hundreds of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio.

Facing a determined opposition, Pakistani officials tell parents to vaccinate their kids or go to jail

Innoculation always prompts anxiety. Here's how France dealt with it three centuries ago.

How France used fashion to spread the message to vaccinate

A measles outbreak is taking hold in the US

A discredited British study helped create today’s anti-vaccine movement


The doctor lost his license. His study was discredited and called appalling and dishonest. Yet his bogus research two decades ago keeps getting treated as evidence that vaccines are dangerous.

A girl receives anti-measles vaccination drops in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Mass national vaccination campaigns against measles and polio are common in much of the developing world.

A Nigerian writer mocks US disease concern, saying that Africa should screen Americans for measles


The wildly popular tweet was aimed at a nation that stigmatized all Africans during the Ebola outbreak. While the US government recommends all its citizens get inoculations, including one for measles, many states allow exemptions for personal or philosophical concerns. Immigrants, however, don’t enjoy that choice.

Ten-month old Lauren Durbin receives an injection for measles, mumps and rubella. Typically children do not receive the MMR vaccine until they are 12 months old.

What Sweden can teach America about measles vaccinations


Maybe Americans should take a cue from the Swedes, who sign up in droves for all sorts of optional vaccines, including measles immunizations. How did that happen? It was no accident.

An electron microscope image of the string-like Ebola virus. Scientists at the NIH are working quickly on a drug and vaccine they hope will halt the spread of Ebola.

Scientists are racing to perform human trials on a possible cure and vaccine for Ebola


Doctors and medical researchers are moving quickly on two fronts in the fight against the Ebola virus. They are aiming to develop an effective treatment based on the experimental drug ZMapp, and they have just started testing a vaccine in human trials.