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Global coronavirus cases top 60 million as United States reports record number of hospitalisations. It's believed the global tally reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections, with many countries lacking testing capacity or only testing the most serious cases. Read more here
Researchers find COVID immunity lasts longer than first thought. Studies of patients have shown cells in their bodies remember the coronavirus for at least eight months after infection and naturally trigger an immediate immune response. Further information can be viewed here
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Sunday in Berlin after the virtual G-20 summit that "COVID-19 is a global challenge that can only be answered by all". Watch SBS here
Experts worry that many COVID-19 infections and deaths in Africa are being missed or unrecorded, as testing rates for the continent of 1.3 billion people are among the lowest in the world.
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Global hopes of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic were boosted after a second vaccine was found to be nearly 95 per cent effective in a trial. Click here to read more.
President-elect Joe Biden’s top advisors called for urgent action to address the nation’s “deeply alarming” COVID-19 surge as US infections crossed the 11 million mark. SBS reports
A new study reveals the coronavirus emerged in Italy in September, suggesting COVID-19 might have spread beyond China earlier than previously thought. You can read further more here.
An official from the World Health Organization says it is troubling to see growing signs of vaccine misinformation and mistrust. SBS reports
The call for applications to the 2nd Global South Biosecurity Diplomacy Workshop is now open! Young scientists in biosecurity from the Global South are encouraged to apply. More information at https://unog.ch/80256EE600585943/(httpPages)/5CDFFF0BD8AAA6A0C12583FD0030E13A?OpenDocument
The number of coronavirus infections around the world has passed 50 million with October being the worst month for the pandemic so far. SBS reports