Djokovic smiles while holding a tennis racket and towel.

Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancellation Is About Politics, Not Health

The Australian government attempts to hide its COVID-19 mismanagement.

Then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives a medal.

Why Germany Will Be at the Center of the Next Pandemic

Berlin has been made the home of the WHO’s first pandemic center for geopolitical reasons—and financial ones.

A close-up of Erdogan speaking into a microphone in front of a Turkish flag

Autocrats Are Exploiting COVID-19 to Weaken Central Bank Independence

The pandemic-induced economic crisis has created the perfect conditions for backtracking.

Angela Merkel and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attend the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence’s opening.

The WHO’s New Pandemic Center Isn’t Ready for Action

For now, the health agency’s newest hub is mostly just for show.

People wait in line to receive the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 at the Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia, on Jan. 6.

Omicron Spells the Return of Pandemic Political Calculus

South America is the world’s most vaccinated region. Will that be enough to contain the new variant?

From left to right, Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, George Talbot; Bolivia’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Carmen Almendra; Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez; Colombian President Iván Duque; Argentina’s then-president, Mauricio Macri; Chilean President Sebastián Pinera; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; Ecuador’s then-president, Lenín Moreno; Peru’s then-president, Martín Vizcarra; Uruguay’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Ariel Bergamino; and Suriname’s then-ambassador to Chile, Marciano Edgar Armaketo, pose for a picture during the launching of the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on March 22, 2019.

Will 2022 Reboot Latin American Regionalism?

Increased cooperation could spur policy shifts from migration to medical manufacturing.

Health workers wearing PPE stand next to buses at a cordoned-off section of the international arrivals area, where arriving travelers are to be taken into quarantine, at the international airport in Wuhan on Jan. 14.

China Reckons With Omicron’s Specter

The biggest country to maintain “zero COVID” faces its greatest challenge yet.

Health care workers in Lagos, Nigeria

5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About 2022

Start the new year on a bright note: Here are five things to be excited about.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

How Narendra Modi Nearly Lost His Way in 2021

India’s farmers’ protests and COVID-19 catastrophe may have slowed the prime minister’s rise.

A syringe of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Year Vaccines Changed (Most) of the World

In 2021, the biggest vaccination drive in global history affected everything from public health to diplomacy.

Protesters hold signs during an anti-vaccination rally at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Nov. 11.

Why People Reject Vaccination—and How to Change Their Minds

Anti-vaccination beliefs are highly dependent on cultural and social context. Here’s what worked in two United States-based studies.

Nurses draw vaccine doses from a vial in Maryland.

Stop Treating Vaccine Hesitancy Like an Afterthought

Although current headlines are focused on South Africa, this is very much a challenge facing the global north.

People protest France’s vaccination law.

For Europe’s Far-Right, Vaccine Skepticism Is a Trap

Playing to the anti-vaccine base hasn’t led to electoral gains—yet.

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