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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday warned that the world is in the early stages of another wave of coronavirus infections and deaths.

What he's saying: The global failure to share vaccines, testing and treatments has led to a "two-track pandemic — the haves are opening up, while the have-nots are locking down," said Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a speech to an International Olympic Committee meeting.

  • "Nations that have adequate resources like vaccines are opening up, while others are locking down in a bid to slow the virus' transmission," Tedros added, referring to this discrepancy as a "horrifying injustice."
  • "This is not just a moral outrage, it’s also epidemiologically and economically self-defeating," Tedros said. "The pandemic is a test and the world is failing."
  • "The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. It’s in our hands ... We have all the tools we need: we can prevent this disease, we can test for it, and we can treat it," he noted.
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Tedros called the pandemic a "test" and added that the world is "failing," mentioning that more than 4 million people have died.

What to watch: Tedros said that along with the heads of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, he is calling for "a massive global push" to vaccinate at least 10 people in each country by September, at least 40 by the end of 2021 and 70 by mid-2022.

  • "If we reach those targets, we can not only end the pandemic, we can also reboot the global economy."

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Updated Jul 21, 2021 - Health

CDC: Pandemic drives U.S. life expectancy down by 1.5 years

Naming the Lost Memorials honoring COVID-19 pandemic victims in New York City in June. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020 — and the drop was some three years for Black and Hispanic Americans, CDC data published Wednesday shows.

Why it matters: The overall life expectancy decline to 77.3 years is the biggest since World War II to 77.3 years is driven by the COVID-19, per the provisional data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). It also underscores the racial disparities of the pandemic.

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Jul 21, 2021 - Health

Local COVID travel advisories could be returning

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chicago added three states and a U.S. territory to its COVID-19 travel advisory Tuesday.

The big picture: State and local-level travel rules were a blunt-force approach to slowing the pandemic last year — and ones that often proved difficult to actually enforce.

Jul 20, 2021 - Health

Hannity urges viewers to get vaccinated: "Please take COVID seriously"

Fox News host Sean Hannity at a 2019 event in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Politicon

Fox News host Sean Hannity implored viewers on his show Monday night to "please take COVID seriously" and get vaccinated against the virus.

Why it matters: Fox News has been criticized for views expressed by some personalities on its network who've been accused of spreading pandemic misinformation as they railed against health precautions.

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