Europe first region to pass 500,000 virus deaths

Europe became the first region in the world on Thursday to pass the milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths, according to an AFP tally based on official sources shortly before 1500 GMT. The 52 countries and territories of the European region counted at least 500,069 deaths—ahead of Latin America and the…

Which Americans will get the COVID vaccine first?

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines could be approved in a matter of weeks, but who in the United States will get them first? Though nothing has yet been decided, US experts may differ from other countries in prioritizing “critical workers” who keep society running—potentially even before people at highest…

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 test for self-testing at home

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that provides individuals with a result within 30 minutes, in the comfort of their home. As opposed to currently available at-home testing products, which have patients self-collect a nasal swab sample and ship…

Pacific’s Vanuatu records first COVID-19 case

Vanuatu reported its first COVID-19 case Wednesday, ending the Pacific island nation’s status as one of the few remaining virus-free countries in the world. Health officials said a 23-year-old man who recently returned from the United States had tested positive on Tuesday while in quarantine. As the rest of the…

Spain becomes first EU nation with one million virus cases

Spain has become the first European Union nation to surpass a million coronavirus infections, official data showed Wednesday, as the government mulls fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease. The country recorded 16,973 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the health ministry…