Pien HuangPien Huang is a global health and development reporter on the Science desk. She was NPR's first Reflect America Fellow, working with shows, desks and podcasts to bring more diverse voices to air and online.
World Health Organization leaders at a press briefing on COVID-19, held on March 6 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Here's a look at its history, its mission and its role in the current crisis.
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The World Health Organization is is "absolutely critical to the world's efforts to win the war against COVID-19," U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said, after President Trump said he will halt funding to the agency. Here, a WHO staff member inspects a coronaviruus quarantine facility at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip in March.
People get their temperatures taken at the border between Abuja and the Nasarawa State, Nigeria, on March 30. African countries are working to prepare for the rise in cases of COVID-19 as the coronavirus spreads on the continent.
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A colorized image of cells from a patient infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The virus particles are colored pink. The image was captured from a scanning electron micrograph.