WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus squashed any pandemic “endgame” talk yesterday, warning that Omicron isn’t the last variant, CIDRAP reports.

As COVID-19 cases and deaths in Africa fell this week, health officials are taking stock of ways the continent can shore up its protections against future waves—including more concerted care for the elderly.

​​Despite signs that the Omicron-fueled COVID-19 wave may have peaked in some countries, the pandemic “is nowhere near over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters yesterday, 

With the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to block the US government’s vaccine mandate for large American employers, the Biden administration loses its key tool to drive vaccination numbers at a time when they are stalling.

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The true threat of Omicron can be hard for researchers and doctors to communicate. 

While the WHO meets today to weigh whether to extend the global public health emergency that’s been in place for nearly 2 years, some experts warn that declaring an end to emergency now could send the wrong signal, the 

A  “west-to-east tidal wave” of Omicron is sweeping across Europe, threatening the Balkans and beyond, the WHO’s Hans Kluge said yesterday, 

Puerto Rico has been a model for handling Covid-19 in the US with a 78% vaccination rate and one of the lowest death rates.  But Omicron has driven a nearly 600% surge in hospitalizations, inundating its overtaxed health system. Factors in play: