A nurse holds a newborn baby wearing a face shield in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok, on April 9, 2020.

COVID-19’s Baby Bust

Disasters usually come with falling birth rates. But this time, they might not recover unless governments take action now.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier holds a paper with a graph of German GDP in Berlin on Jan. 27.

GDP Didn’t Save Countries From COVID-19

The pandemic’s impact shows growth is an arbitrary target.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes off his glasses and rubs his eyes.

The World Needs a Post-Pandemic Health Treaty With Teeth

WHO has no power to demand openness or independently confirm data at present.

Frontline workers wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

What’s Behind India’s Second Coronavirus Wave?

Waning immunity, new virus variants—India’s sharp surge could be caused by any number of alarming factors.

Tsai Ing-wen stands in front of a group of masked soldiers.

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Success Is Worryingly Smug

Beating the pandemic has made the government and people overly complacent about China.

People wait to receive the Sinopharm vaccine in Hungary.

Russia and China Are Exploiting Europe’s Vaccine Shortfalls

Slovakia’s prime minister has resigned over a secret delivery of Moscow’s Sputnik V as Brussels struggles to keep the EU united.

A Yemeni child with acute malnutrition.

Doctors on the Front Lines of the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis 

Director Skye Fitzgerald’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Hunger Ward” chronicles Yemeni health care workers as they wrestle with famine and violence.

A World Health Organization official speaks to health workers in Liberia.

WHO Says COVID-19 Likely Started With Animals, Not Laboratory Leak

The long-awaited report is unlikely to quell concerns about China’s influence over the investigation.

The Global Race To Vaccinate

The Global Race To Vaccinate

Facing new coronavirus variants and threats of backsliding, the world's effort to protect its most vulnerable populations must accelerate


The COVID-19 Global Response Index

From FP Analytics: A country-by-country assessment of government responses to the pandemic.

Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks about the pending nominations of key foreign-policy and national security officials.

Biden Takes Small Steps Toward Feminist Foreign Policy

Biden’s push for gender equality is a huge change from Trump, but experts stop short of calling it a feminist foreign policy.

israel covid haredim protests

Did Israel’s Security State Fail the COVID Test?

Netanyahu’s focus on maintaining ultra-Orthodox support as the pandemic raged didn’t help him win, but it has left deep scars.

A representative stands in front of a monitor at Sinopharm CNBG’s COVID-19 vaccine production facility during a media tour in Beijing on Feb. 26.

At China’s Borders, “Vaccine Passports” Just Got Real

In announcing it would prioritize travelers who had received Chinese-made vaccines, Beijing sparked outrage in countries where those aren’t available.

Rafael Grossi speaks at an IAEA press conference.

Rafael Grossi Has a Plan to Stop Future Pandemics

The ambitious head of the IAEA is reinventing the nuclear watchdog—though some fear he’s spreading the agency too thin.

Roberto Burioni photographed in Perugia, Italy, on April 9, 2017.

Italy’s Dr. Fauci Talks Like Trump—but Is It Working?

Roberto Burioni fuses science with vulgar rhetoric to combat anti-vaxxers.

Illustration shows coronavirus cracking a skull to symbolize the failure of social science predictions.

Everyone Was Wrong on the Pandemic’s Societal Impact

In March 2020, a study asked experts and laypeople for their predictions. Neither group came close to being right.

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