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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% of the population 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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Nov 10, 2021 - Health

Nearly 1 million kids 5–11 on track for first week COVID vaccine

August Lopez, 6, gets the COVID-19 vaccine, Nov. 8, Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

More than 900,000 children aged 5–11 will have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose by the end of Wednesday, according to the White House.

Driving the news: The CDC approved a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children 5–11 on Nov. 2, with some kids receiving their first dose the following day. First lady Jill Biden on Monday kicked off a "nationwide effort" to get more young children vaccinated.

Nov 10, 2021 - Health

Health insurance costs for workers rose 4% during pandemic

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Health insurance provided by employers this year cost an average of $22,200 for families and $7,700 for individuals, a 4% increase from a year ago, according to new survey data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Why it matters: While many people lost their jobs and health insurance during the pandemic, most companies didn't rock the boat heading into 2021. But even a relatively modest increase in the already high costs of job-based insurance means workers and families continue to pay a lot more for their health care.

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell

Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot released its latest round of subpoenas on Tuesday evening, this time focusing on several of former President Trump's lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, and former adviser Boris Epshteyn.

Why it matters: The panel said the four individuals subpoenaed were involved in efforts publicly promote Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud as well as efforts to "disrupt or delay" the certification of the election's results.

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