World Health Organization

In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, file photo, people pass a banner reading "STOP EBOLA," forming part of Sierra Leone's Ebola free campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

How do ‘whole-of-government’ programs actually work? Part II

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into the “whole-of-government” approach to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Vials of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in Jackson, Miss.

Moderna to build manufacturing plant in Africa

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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, a woman waits outside the Migowi Health Clinic to be injected with the world's first vaccine against malaria in a pilot program, in Migowi, Malawi. 

First WHO-backed malaria vaccine is a ‘dream for the community,’ health expert says

A large sea turtle is shown swimming just above the coral reef in a photograph taken from below the animal and the light of the sun above.

UNESCO: Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘in danger.’ Australia disagrees.

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Vice President Kamala Harris is shown standing several feet behind President Joe Biden who is standing at a wooden podium.

US to swiftly boost global vaccine sharing, Biden announces

Men in suits, some wearing masks and sunglasses stand together

Will Ghebreyesus’ pandemic report card earn him a second WHO term?


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has been a mainstay face of the COVID-19 pandemic response over the past year.

President Biden speaks at a podium while VP Harris stands to his right to listen

Amid growing pressure, Biden announces plans to distribute more COVID-19 vaccines worldwide


President Joe Biden announced on Monday that the US would make 20 million additional vaccines available for other countries by the end of June from its reserves of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots.

A young child is shown laying on a striped blanket and wearing a mask with a man sitting and facing the opposite direction looks on at the Yangtze River.

Panel suggests WHO should have more power to stop pandemics


A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic says the UN health agency should be granted “guaranteed rights of access” in countries to investigate emerging outbreaks.

Contact tracers are pictured in a room

COVID-19 threatens global progress in fight against other communicable diseases 

Concerns are growing that the singular focus on COVID-19 is having a secondary impact — threatening years of progress in efforts to slow the spread of other, long-standing communicable diseases. 

A line of vehicles are shown next to a row of orange traffic cones leading to a National Guard official at a mobile coronavirus testing facility.

Discussion: Can advances in testing counter surging COVD-19 cases?

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.