Medical research

Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

New Merck pill could help treat COVID-19 symptoms for people without access to vaccines


“There are a lot of people, particularly in developing countries, that have not had the opportunity to have vaccines,” James Love tells The World’s host Marco Werman. “And so, a treatment like this will really be important.”

Eusebio Torres waits to be vaccinated as a nurse prepares the dose of the Cuban Abdala COVID-19 vaccine at the Gustavo Aldereguia hospital in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Cuba’s promise of a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine  

A member of the National Guard, center, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a farmworker.

Vaccine mandates aren’t new. But do they work?

Dr. Fauci stands at a podium in the White House press room with the American flag over his shoulder

A future pandemic is ‘almost guaranteed,’ Fauci says

A sole woman waits in an empty movie theater-turned vaccination hub for her vaccine at a mall

Vaccine hesitancy: A nationwide challenge in the Philippines

A pregnant person wearing a red shirt holds her belly, wearing a face mask and gloves.

For pregnant women, getting the COVID-19 jab is a challenging choice


Information on vaccines for pregnant women differs, depending on the country. Making the choice to get the shot while pregnant can get complicated, explains Valerie Fernández, who faced the decision herself in Arizona.

Two lab technicians dressed in white protective gear organize vials.

US loosens export restrictions to help India’s ‘full-blown’ coronavirus crisis


The Defense Production Act has historically allowed the US to prioritize American needs in times of crisis. In an abrupt shift, the Biden administration will allow shipments of raw materials for the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines to India, explains Matt Kavanagh, an assistant professor of global health at Georgetown University.

Army captain in scrubs administers COVID-19 vaccine to man in black shirt

The quest for a universal coronavirus vaccine


A growing number of researchers are working to develop a variant-proof vaccine that would provide lasting immunity against different strains of the coronavirus, as well as other types of coronaviruses.

Anita Anand, Canada's Minister of Public Services and Procurement opens a box with some of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in M

A Canadian company challenges vaccine rules to increase access 


Biolyse’s unconventional move to try to produce single-dose COVID-19 vaccines adds to a fierce global debate about who controls vaccine knowledge and production in a pandemic.

A man receives a shot from a health worker, both wear masks and protective gear.

In Zimbabwe, vaccine hesitancy among front-line workers stalls rollout 


A month into its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Zimbabwe has struggled to surpass the 75,000 mark as some front-line health workers are skeptical about the Chinese-made Sinopharm efficacy rate.