Natural Disasters & Epidemics
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 60 million worldwide
2020 koshobe massacre: Boko Haram jihadists attack a farm in Jere, Nigeria, killing at least 43 people.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Moderna files an application for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States after its vaccine achieved an efficacy of 94.1% from full trials without safety concerns. It also plans to do the same in EU soon.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Pfizer and BioNTech announced an Emergency Use Authorization application to the European Medicines Agency
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The United Kingdom approves Pfizer-BioNTech's BNT162b2 vaccine, being the first country in the world to do so
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 65 million worldwide, with the global death toll exceeding 1.5 million. Figures reflect that, in the last week, over 10,000 people worldwide have died on average every day, with one death every nine seconds. According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 had caused more deaths in 2020 than tuberculosis in 2019, as well as four times the number of deaths than malaria.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Russia begins mass vaccination against COVID-19 with the Sputnik V candidate
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The United Kingdom becomes the first nation to begin a mass inoculation campaign using a clinically authorised, fully tested vaccine, tozinameran
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The United States and Saudi Arabia approve tozinameran for emergency use, while Argentina approves Sputnik V
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 70 million worldwide.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The United States and Canada begin mass vaccination with Tozinameran.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 75 million worldwide.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] A highly infectious new strain of SARS-CoV-2 spreading in Europe and Australia provokes international border closures
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] 36 cases are reported on the Base General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme in the Chilean Antarctic Territory, marking the first infections in Antarctica, the last continent to report infections
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 80 million worldwide
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The United Kingdom approves AstraZeneca-Oxford's vaccine, the second one available. The vaccine is easier to store as it only requires normal fridge temperatures, making distribution easier.
2021 uS Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says COVID-9 pandemic has had an "extremely unfair" effect on income and economic opportunities for women
2021 US President Joe Biden says "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic" as he unveils package of executive actions including restrictions on "ghost guns"
2021 dr. Anthony Fauci thanks American health workers for their sacrifice during the pandemic, acknowledging their more than 3,600 deaths
2021 brazil's Senate orders an official inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro ' and government official's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 tens of thousands of people march in Brazilian cities against President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 pulitzer Prizes awarded to Katori Hall for drama, The New York Times for pandemic coverage and special citation for Darnella Frazier for recording the murder of George Floyd
2021 James Bond film "No Time To Die", the last starring Daniel Craig , premieres after an 18 month delay due to the pandemic
2021 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recommends world's first Malaria vaccine (Mosquirix) for children after a pilot program was effective in Africa 
2021 brazilian Senate inquiry finds President Bolsonaro should face series of criminal charges, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic 
2021 COVID-19 pandemic: The global death toll from COVID-19 passes 2 million
2021 COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeds 100 million worldwide.
2021 cOVID-19 pandemic: The European Union invokes Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol following a row over COVID-19 vaccine supplies before reversing the decision.
2021 cOVID-19 pandemic: The number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 100 million.
2021 cOVID-19 pandemic: A joint WHO–China investigation into the source of the outbreak concludes. Investigators deem a Wuhan laboratory leak to be "extremely unlikely", with a "natural reservoir" in bats being a more likely origin.
2021 COVID-19 pandemic: The United States becomes the first country to surpass 500,000 deaths from the virus
2021 cOVID-19 pandemic: the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative delivers its first vaccines, delivering 600,000 doses for health-care workers in Ghana.
2021 cOVID-19 pandemic: The global death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 2.5 million.
2021 COVID-19 pandemic: The number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 500 million