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The Latest: Pakistan approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Pakistan’s planning minister says the country’s drug regulatory authority has approved the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and the government is trying to make it available by the first quarter of the year
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A man gets a swab for the coronavirus test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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EXPLAINER: Italy faces a political crisis amid a pandemic

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down the government at yet another critical juncture in the fight against the pandemic
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Italian Senator, former premier and head of the political party 'Italia Viva' (IV), Matteo Renzi holds a press conference at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Italian cabinet was in crisis on January 13, 2021 following the resignations of ministers Teresa Bellanova and Elena Bonetti, members of former premier Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva party. (Alberto Pizzoli/pool via AP)
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Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

Across the Balkans and other nations in southeastern Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is being overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to thwart the process
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In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 A Romanian gendarme leaves after getting a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bucharest, Romania. Across the Balkans and the rest of the nations in the southeastern corner of Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to thwart the process. In countries like the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria, skeptics have ranged from former presidents to top athletes and doctors. Nations that once routinely went through mass inoculations under Communist leaders are deeply split over whether to take the vaccines at all. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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California congressman tests positive for coronavirus

A California congressman contracted the coronavirus before he could get a second dose of vaccine that would have improved his immunity
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., questions witnesses during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on "worldwide threats to the homeland," on Capitol Hill Washington. Democratic Rep. Lou Correa announced Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 he tested positive upon returning home from Washington, D.C., prompting him to self-quarantine away from his family. His office said he received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 19 and has not received the second shot that would have boosted his immunity to about 95%. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP, File)
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Chinese city reports coronavirus found on ice cream

A city government in eastern China says the coronavirus was found on ice cream produced there, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch
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A man gets a swab for the coronavirus test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 16

The Latest: China reports a few new cases of COVID-19

China is reporting 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing
January 16
First batch of health workers wait for their turn to get vaccinated at a hospital in Kolkata, India, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
January 16

Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones plans to surrender

Ex-Florida COVID-19 data curator Rebekah Jones says she'll surrender to authorities Sunday amid an investigation that she allegedly hack into the state’s emergency response system
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January 16

Nestlé recalls 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets
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January 16

Health fraud case: Mississippi pharmacy owner gets 18 years

He was also ordered to repay more than $287 million.
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January 16

March for Life asks its supporters to stay home this year

There are concerns this year because of COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest.
January 16
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, anti-abortion activists participate in the "March for Life" rally near Capitol Hill in Washington. Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 16

Biden: We'll 'manage the hell' out of feds' COVID response

President-elect Joe Biden is pledging to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days
January 16
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 16

Governors' anger grows as federal vaccine stockpile vanishes

Several governors expressed exasperation at the Trump administration after being assured that the federal government had enough vaccine stockpiled to speed up or expand state rollouts only to be later told those reserves don’t exist
January 16
Pharmacist Ric Griffith stands in his family's business Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Kenova, W.Va. Griffith & Feil is among 250 mom-and-pop pharmacies in West Virginia helping to vaccinate residents in the quest to banish the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raby)
January 16

Experts explain why the Mediterranean diet is as good as everyone says

The heart-healthy diet might offer anti-aging and cancer progression benefits.
January 16
January 16

India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

India has started inoculating health workers in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway
January 16
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, health workers shift a box containing COVID-19 vaccine from a vehicle to a cold storage at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, India. India started inoculating health workers Saturday, Jan. 16 in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
January 16

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

China has finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on infected people or goods from abroad
January 16
In this aerial photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers build a large centralized quarantine facility in Shijiazhuang in northern China's Hebei Province, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Yang Shiyao/Xinhua via AP)
January 16

AP PHOTOS: Vaccinated Indian nurse hopes worst is over

For as long as Shimray Wungreichon can remember, many of the people in her mountain town had little respect for the work she did. “A nurse’s job is said to be noble, but in our part of the world it is interpreted differently,” said Wungreichon, a nurse in Ukhrul, a remote town in India’s northeastern state of Manipur. “We are looked down on as a service profession.” The coronavirus pandemic changed that. Wungreichon was among the first of many Indian health workers to be vaccinated on Saturday, opening a new chapter in the battle against the pandemic in the world's second hardest-hit country, which has been scarred profoundly by a virus that has killed more than 152,000 of its people. “I am very positive about it," said Wungreichon, a nurse for 14 years who described getting vaccinated as a “normal routine” for her. The 43-year-old's town escaped the worst of the pandemic, which has ravaged most of the country. But like so many health workers fighting the virus at the...
January 16
Shimray Wungreichon, 43, holds a syringe after administering a shot to an elderly patient, while being the only nurse on overnight shift in the emergency ward at the District Hospital in Ukhrul, in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Wungreichon was among the first of many Indian health workers to be vaccinated on Saturday, opening a new chapter in the battle against the pandemic in the world's second hardest-hit country, which has been scarred profoundly by a virus that has killed more than 152,000 of its people. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)
January 16

Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here's what's in Biden plan

President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy
January 16
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 16

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states
January 16
A health worker helps the relatives of patients with COVID-19 load an empty oxygen tank into their car which they will take to a store to be refilled and bring back, outside the Joventina Dias Hospital in Manaus, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Hospital staff and relatives of COVID-19 patients rushed to provide facilities with oxygen tanks just flown into the city as doctors chose which patients would breathe amid dwindling stocks and an effort to airlift some of them to other states. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)
January 15

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments is triggering anger and confusion in some states
January 15
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, Florence Mullins, 89, sits in a chair as a family member holds her place in a long line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Fair Park in Dallas. Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments triggered anger and confusion Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in some states where officials worried that expected shipments would not be forthcoming. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
January 15

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Mexico has posted a record spike in coronavirus cases with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago
January 15
Syringes with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 disease are ready at the vaccination center of the CASH hospital in Nanterre, outside Paris, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. As France tries to figure out why its vaccination campaign launched so slowly, the answer lies partly in forests of red tape and the decision to prioritize vulnerable older people in nursing homes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
January 15

California now reporting 525 virus deaths every day

More Californians than ever are dying from the coronavirus --  525 every day
January 15
This photo provided by the LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner shows National Guard assisting with processing Covid-19 deaths and placing them into temporary storage at LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner Office in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Los Angeles. More than 500 people are dying each day in California because of the coronavirus. The death toll has prompted state officials to send more refrigerated trailers to local governments to act as makeshift morgues. State officials said Friday they have helped distribute 98 refrigerated trailers to help county coroners store dead bodies. (LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner via AP)
January 15

EXPLAINER: Why expansion of vaccine to smokers caused a stir

New Jersey made millions of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including smokers, a move that prompted gripes about them skipping to the front of the inoculation line
January 15
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 8, 2008. file photo, A woman holds a cigarette in her hand as she plays a slot machine at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. New Jersey this week made millions of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including smokers, a move that prompted gripes about them skipping to the front of the inoculation line. (AP Photo/Cie Stroud, File)
January 15

Biden: We'll 'manage the hell' out of feds' COVID response

President-elect Joe Biden is pledging to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days
January 15
President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at The Queen theater, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 15

Judge: Alabama transgender license policy unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that Alabama’s requirement for a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver’s license is unconstitutional
January 15
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Destiny Clark, 33, of Odenville, Ala., sits infant of a pride flag for a portrait in Odenville, Ala. Alabama’s policy requiring a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver’s license is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
January 15

California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

A California lawmaker wants to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least 6-years-old
January 15
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Sen. Wiener has introduced legislation that would ban certain medically unnecessary surgeries on children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The first-of-its-kind legislation would not allow these types of surgeries until the child is at least 6-years-old. A similar bill failed to pass last year after facing opposition from the California Medical Association. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 15

EU regulator: Hackers 'manipulated' stolen vaccine documents

The European Union’s drug regulator says that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers by hackers have been not only leaked to the web, but “manipulated.”
January 15
An ampoule Moderna vaccine against the COVID-19 disease, stand on the table at the Diakonie Hospital "DIAKO" vaccination ward in Bremen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Besides the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Moderna is the second corona vaccine approved in the European Union. (Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP)
January 15

Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here's what's in Biden plan

The federal minimum wage would be raised to $15 per hour.
January 15
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 15

WHO cites human behavior more than variants as virus spreads

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says “it's too easy” to blame variants of the coronavirus that have emerged in places like Britain, South Africa and Brazil
January 15
January 15

Biden says he'll use Defense Production Act to 'maximize manufacture' of coronavirus vaccine, fulfilling campaign pledge

Biden says he'll use Defense Production Act to 'maximize manufacture' of coronavirus vaccine, fulfilling campaign pledge
January 15
January 15

Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive

The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but some states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates
January 15
January 15

Online sign-ups complicate vaccine rollout for older people

As states across the U.S. roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older, senior citizens are scrambling to figure out how to sign up to get their shots
January 15
Howard Jones, an 83-year-old veteran, talks about his struggle to secure a COVID-19 vaccination in El Paso County while seated on the deck outside his home Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in southwest Colorado Springs, Colo. Not having internet in his home, Jones ended up getting help from a friend to get an appointment for the vaccine in Colorado Springs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 15

UK toughens up borders over Brazil virus variant fears

The U.K. is toughening up its entry requirements beyond its surprise decision to ban travel from South America and Portugal
January 15
People wearing face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus walks past a social distancing sign on Oxford Street in London, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, during England's third national lockdown since the coronavirus outbreak began. The U.K. is under an indefinite national lockdown to curb the spread of the new variant, with nonessential shops, gyms and hairdressers closed, most people working from home and schools largely offering remote learning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
January 15

Trump administration sued over Georgia health plan

 A federal lawsuit says Georgia’s plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act would “tear a hole” in the ACA
January 15
January 15

Federal report says pandemic hit seafood industry hard

A federal report says the coronavirus pandemic has taken away about a third of the commercial fishing industry’s revenue
January 15
January 15

Pfizer temporarily reduces European deliveries of vaccine

U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer has confirmed it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion vaccine doses per year
January 15
A medical worker holding a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and a syringe during mass vaccination starts in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Authorities started to vaccinate the most vulnerable people in a coordinated effort. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
January 15

VIRUS TODAY: Global death toll for COVID-19 surpasses 2M

The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million
January 15
A Sri Lankan Christian family grieves as municipal cemetery workers carry the body of their family member who died of COVID-19 for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
January 15

'This is not a game': Global virus death toll hits 2 million

The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million
January 15
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2021, file photo, a worker in protective coverings directs members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team on their arrival at the airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
January 15

Lebanon OKs law to import vaccines as virus hits new record

Lebanon’s parliament has approved a draft law allowing imports of coronavirus vaccines as the tiny nation hit a new record in case numbers and more hospitals reported they were at full capacity
January 15
A street is empty of cars during a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Lebanon's parliament has approved a draft law to allow the importing of vaccines into the tiny country to fight the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 15

2 US COVID variants have been identified. What does that mean for vaccines?

Even more variants may be identified in the coming weeks, experts said.
January 15
In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, a woman drops off a COVID-19 test in a drive-thru testing facility in a parking lot in Wilmington, Del.
January 15

AP PHOTOS: Shopping and dining out: Wuhan a year later

Couples go on dates, families dine out at restaurants, shoppers flock to stores. Face masks aside, people are going about their daily life pretty much as normal in the Chinese city that was first hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a remarkable turnaround for the 11 million residents of Wuhan, a city devastated by the coronavirus. The commercial hub on the mighty Yangtze river spent 76 days in lockdown last year, from January to April. Overwhelmed hospitals sent the less seriously ill home, where they infected others. More than 3,800 people died, accounting for nearly 90% of the official coronavirus deaths in mainland China. Today, some residents marvel that what was once considered the most dangerous place because of the pandemic may now be one of the safest. Bundled up against the winter cold, they walk briskly down a pedestrian-only shopping street that was a ghost town at the height of the outbreak. Authorities remain on guard ahead of next month’s Lunar New Year holiday, when...
January 15
A man wears a mask on the streets of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Couples go on dates, families dine out at restaurants, shoppers flock to stores. Face masks aside, people are going about their daily life pretty much as before in the Chinese city that was first hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 15

Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2M amid vaccine rollout

The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the threat
January 15
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, mortuary worker transports the body of a COVID-19 victim on a stretcher at the morgue of a hospital in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
January 15

Senator-elect Warnock receives 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Senator-elect Raphael Warnock of Georgia has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
January 15
January 15

The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped 2 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data

The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped 2 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data
January 15
January 15

Vaccine shortage: several US cities running out of vaccine supply

Dr. John Brownstein discusses how an increase in vaccine eligibility is contributing to the shortage, plus more on President-elect Joe Biden's plan to fight COVID-19.
January 15
VIDEO: Vaccine shortage: several US cities running out of vaccine supply
January 15

Asia Today: China's COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases rise

China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north
January 15
This aerial photo shows Wuhan skyline, China, Thursday evening, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Samuel McNeil)
January 15

Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

President-elect Joe Biden has picked a former Food and Drug commissioner to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration’s first 100 days and stem the COVID-19 pandemic
January 15
FILE - This Nov. 15, 1995 file photo shows then Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Administrator David Kessler testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. President-elect Joe Biden has picked Kessler to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days and stem the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin)
January 15

Biden picks familiar faces for top roles at FEMA, CIA

President-elect Joe Biden is nominating New York emergency department commissioner Deanne Criswell to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator
January 15
President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at The Queen theater, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 15

Norway adjusts advice after vaccine deaths but isn't alarmed

Norwegian officials have adjusted their advice on who gets the COVID-19 vaccine in light of a small number of deaths among very frail older people, leaving it up to each doctor to consider who should be vaccinated
January 15
January 15

Biden announces former FDA head David Kessler as chief science officer for vaccine drive to stop spread of coronavirus

Biden announces former FDA head David Kessler as chief science officer for vaccine drive to stop spread of coronavirus
January 15
January 15

China builds new quarantine center as virus cases rise

A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the Lunar New Year travel rush
January 15
A medical worker in protector overall escorts a patient in wheelchair from the fever screening department of the Tongji Hospital which was at the frontline of the China's fight against the coronavirus in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)