Leaders of G20 nations are to commit for the first time to fully fund a World Health Organization scheme to distribute Covid-19 vaccines and drugs to poorer nations, the draft conclusions of a summit show, in a move that would unblock nearly $20 billion.
The European Union is willing to discuss a proposal, now backed by the United States, to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.
Japan's capital will seek to extend until May 31 its state of emergency aimed at curbing coronavirus infections, Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday, a move that could spark more questions about its ability to host the Olympics.
The GAVI vaccine alliance on Thursday welcomed US President Joe Biden's support for waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and also urged Washington to help manufacturers transfer know-how to boost global production.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to arrest anyone not wearing a mask properly, including below the nose, as the country battles to contain surging coronavirus infections.
A prototype of SpaceX's Starship rocket soared into the south Texas sky in a high-altitude test launch on Wednesday, then flew back to Earth to touch down safely for the first time, after four previous return-landing attempts ended in explosions.
Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair's ‘travel bubble’ on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of Covid-19 could spur a significant outbreak.
India reported a record 412,262 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside.
A Japanese coastal town in the western part of the country has drawn ire on social media for using some of the coronavirus relief funds it was given by the government to build a statue of a giant squid in the hopes of boosting tourism.
Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld yesterday a ban on former United States president Donald Trump while ordering further review of the case, in a decision with a potentially far-reaching impact on the regulation of online speech.