WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 tar...

Summer may decide fate of leading shots in vaccine race

People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works -- and mayb...

Congo announces end to 2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak ever

BENI, Congo (AP) — Eastern Congo has marked an official end to the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history that killed 2,280 people over nearly two years as armed groups and community mistrust unde...

Congo doctor quits COVID-19 task force, notes testing delays

BENI, Congo (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege has stepped down from a COVID-19 task force in eastern Congo, saying his hospital needs to focus on treating coronavirus patients becaus...

Congo now faces 2nd Ebola outbreak in northern province

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a second Ebola outbreak in Congo, the World Health Organization said Monday, adding yet another health crisis for a country already battling COVID...

Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children

LONDON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is interrupting immunization against diseases including measles, polio and cholera that could put the lives of nearly 80 million children under the age of 1 at r...

As virus swamps Peru, Venezuelan migrants collect the dead

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Faustino López was terrified after his wife, Angélica, was hospitalized with the coronavirus last month. Deeply shaken by seeing her so seriously ill after 45 year...

Turkey's pandemic strategy hinges on hazmat-suited gumshoes

ISTANBUL (AP) — They see themselves as public health detectives, working 24/7 to track the coronavirus' insidious spread through a country of 83 million, blending door-to-door hoof work with mobile ap...

In random test of 500 in Afghan capital, one-third has virus

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One-third of 500 random coronavirus tests in Afghanistan's capital came back positive, health officials said Sunday, raising fears of widespread undetected infections in one ...

Dem lawmakers say Trump's freeze for WHO to hurt Venezuelans

MIAMI (AP) — As much as $110 million in U.S. funding for disease prevention in Latin America as well as U.S. support for Venezuelan migrants has been thrown into doubt as part of President Donald Trum...

Lawmakers: Trump's funding freeze for WHO hits Venezuela

MIAMI (AP) — As much as $110 million in U.S. funding for disease prevention in Latin America as well as U.S. support for Venezuelan migrants has been thrown into doubt as part of President Donald Trum...

Groups sow doubt about COVID vaccine before one even exists

NEW YORK (AP) — A coronavirus vaccine is still months or years away, but groups that peddle misinformation about immunizations are already taking aim, potentially eroding confidence in what could be h...

Madagascar's president touts herbal drink against COVID-19

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — As their high school reopened after being closed for a month due to the coronavirus, students in Madagascar's capital city were given face masks and a small bottle of a...

Prince Harry records message for Thomas the Tank Engine

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has recorded a special message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of children’s favorite Thomas the Tank Engine. The Duke of Sussex introduces a new program...

Invisible virus, invisible fear: How to navigate the unseen?

Back in the early 20th century, the baseball pitcher Walter Johnson confounded opposing batters by throwing the fastest fastball they’d ever seen. “You can’t hit what you can’t see,” they would say. ...