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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London on Nov. 3.

The First Draft Account of the U.K.’s COVID-19 Catastrophe Is Damning

A new book gives the backstory of a dysfunctional early response.

A worker stands next to a cage of mice inside a laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 23, 2017.

The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up

The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.

Street artists paint a mural depicting COVID-19 front-line workers in Nepal.

Nepal’s Vaccine Disaster Has Left Millions Unprotected

Alleged corruption and geopolitical worries have created a deadly shortage.

A medical worker closes an ambulance’s doors.

‘War on Disease’ Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The mindset that helped fight the current pandemic is what gets us into situations like this in the first place.

Employees work on the production line of CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against COVID-19 coronavirus at the Butantan biomedical production center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 14.

Vaccine Diplomacy Boosts China’s Standing in Latin America

Beijing has increased its leverage in the region—but Washington can still stage a comeback.

A health care worker salutes from a window of the Mulago National Referral Hospital on the first day of the country’s vaccination rollout after it received the first batch of AstraZeneca doses in Kampala, Uganda, on March 10.

Lack of Vaccines Fuels Terrorism in Africa

To avoid more instability, it is time for all wealthy nations to start sharing.

Young supporters of Belarus’s opposition carry a European Union flag at a rally in Minsk on Oct. 14, 2007.

After the Pandemic, the EU Must Prove Its Worth

To revive the project, Europe’s leaders should reassert the union as a global power.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto

As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk

Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.

Sinopharm vaccine rollout in Zimbabwe

We Need a Better Game Plan to Reach Global Herd Immunity

The world is still vaccinating the few while neglecting the many.

Sons help their father at an Afghan hospital.

Afghanistan Swamped by COVID-19’s Third Wave

The government dithered and denied the pandemic’s severity. Now, a health disaster looms.

A municipal worker walks past a graffiti of a young person wearing a face mask during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Mumbai on May 4, 2020.

Science and Pseudoscience in India

Modi’s false hope in a raging pandemic.

Hospital workers install new intensive care beds

Argentina Is the Pandemic’s Latest Hot Spot

An overloaded health system struggles to deal with a deadly second wave of the coronavirus.

HIV-positive woman

Tackling Pandemics Means Relearning the Lessons of Fighting HIV

Advocates fought hard for a truly global, representative approach.

A man checks his mobile phone while sitting in front of a closed shop in West Bengal, India, on May 28.

Fragile India, Strong India

Why some states handled COVID-19 better than others.

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