© UNICEF/Ulet Ifansasti. A child is vaccinated at a health centre in East Java Province, Indonesia during the COVID pandemic in 2021.

© UNICEF/Claudio Versiani. Poverty and inequality are on the rise in many parts of the world.

Although virus sequencing is vital to detect and track new variants in the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing this information must be stepped up globally, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in Geneva.

An urgent call to protect health and mitigate the climate crisis was issued by the UN health agency on Wednesday, to mark World Health Day on Thursday.

An airport technician operates an anti-pandemic robot named Jasiri, used for temperature screening, disinfection, communication of health messages and data capture amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi.

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