Pandemics

A man wearing personal protective equipment performs the last rites for a relative who died from COVID-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 20.

India Is Seeing a Terrifying Second Wave of COVID-19

As families beg for help on social media, the government plays politics.

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America’s Come-From-Behind Pandemic Victory

China was the global winner of the coronavirus disaster—until the United States beat the odds.

A Slovak Armed Forces aircraft unloads doses of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Kosice International Airport in Slovakia, on March 1.

Sputnik V’s Biggest Legacy May Be Political Turmoil

In Eastern European countries that have accepted the Russian vaccine, destabilization has followed.

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.

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.

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

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The COVID-19 Global Response Index

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

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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.

Volunteers install U.S. flags in Washington.

U.S. Exceptionalism Created Deadly COVID-19 Failures

The U.S. calamity wasn’t Trump’s fault alone—but it doesn’t have to happen again.

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