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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 8 at which he vowed to withold funding to the World Health Organization.

Document of the Week: U.S. Plan for World Health Organization Has Few Followers

After announcing its decision to withdraw from the U.N. health agency, the United States still seeks to shape the organization’s reform. It is struggling to find takers.

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Document of the Week: China’s See-No-Evil PR Blitz

Beijing has produced a booklet to counter allegations that it’s curtailing the freedoms of Hong Kong residents, abusing Uighurs, and failing to come clean on its role in the spread of the coronavirus.

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Document of The Week: Global Plan for Sharing Vaccines

An alliance of international health organizations are competing with the United States and other rich countries in an effort to secure vaccines for the world’s neediest.

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‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’ 

The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold. 

Illustrations depicting smallpox from  the Imperially Commissioned Golden Mirror of Medical Learning, published in 1742.

Empire’s Little Helper

Chinese history shows that where soldiers march, plague follows.

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Malaria May Still Be 2020’s Biggest Killer

The coronavirus has shut down large-scale treatment and prevention programs around the globe, which could send malaria deaths skyrocketing this year.

The World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 24.

Trump Stumbles in Effort to Confront China at WHO

U.S. fails to gain support for an immediate investigation into coronavirus origins and for bringing Taiwan on as observer. 

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China Launches Counterattack Against U.S. Effort to Restore Taiwan’s Status at WHO

Beijing insists the World Health Organization should act according to “the one-China principle.”

A woman wearing a protective mask walks along a street in northeast Syria.

Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria 

With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus. 

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WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria

But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.

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WHO Becomes Battleground as Trump Chooses Pandemic Confrontation Over Cooperation

Critics say fighting the coronavirus has become secondary as U.S. seeks to hamstring the World Health Organization, turning it into a 2020 election issue along with Chinese trade.

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Yemen: The Perfect Target for COVID-19 

A new report says the Middle East’s poorest country is uniquely vulnerable, as it records its first case of the coronavirus.

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Can the United Nations Survive the Coronavirus?

In the absence of U.S. leadership, the U.N. is struggling to carve out a role in the face of what may be the greatest threat since its founding.

Cuban health workers go door to door looking for possible cases of the novel coronavirus in Havana on March 31.

Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions

With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.

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U.N. Security Council Paralyzed as Contagion Rages

A major player in the Ebola outbreak, the council has turned into the site of a U.S.-China showdown over the coronavirus.

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‘It’s Pretty Much Going to Be a Death Sentence’

State Department struggles to bring thousands of stranded Americans home as air travel shuts down from the global coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefs the media in Washington.

Amid Pandemic, State Department Halts Incoming Classes of New Diplomats

Health concerns deal another blow to the U.S. foreign service, which is already overstretched following a 2017 hiring freeze.

A passenger wearing a face mask as a protective measure looks at two police officers  at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport in Barajas on March 20, 2020.

How Governments Got Their Quarantine Powers

If you're locked inside, thank the British Empire for the laws that make it possible.

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