COVID-19: WHO chief makes big claim as coronavirus cases rise globally

In a significant announcement, World Health Organizations (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday (December 26) said that the COVID-19 crisis will not be the last pandemic and all steps taken to improve human health are “doomed” if the global community fails to tackle climate change and animal welfare. In a video message marking first … Read more

Coronavirus impact: WHO lists out global health issues for 2021, check details

GENEVA: In the wake of the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic that affected the world this year, global health agency the World Health Organisation (WHO) has prepared a list of major global health issues that need to be monitored next year (2021).  The global health agency, which is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation across … Read more

New strain of coronavirus detected in 8 European nations, WHO monitoring situation

Geneva: The new strain of the coronavirus has been detected in eight European countries, the regional director of WHO Europe said, adding that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is continuing to monitor the situation. While stressing the need to boost the protective measures, Hans Kluge, WHO`s Regional Director for Europe said the new strain seems … Read more

Beijing welcomes COVID-19 investigators trip to China: WHO

Beijing will welcome an international team of COVID-19 investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the mission. China has strongly opposed calls for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, saying such calls are anti-China, but has been open to a WHO-led investigation. … Read more

WHO-led team expected in China in January 2021 to probe COVID-19 origins: Reports

GENEVA/COPENHAGEN: An international mission led by the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to go to China in the first week of January to investigate the origins of the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic, a member and diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. The United States, which has accused China of having hidden the outbreak`s … Read more

WHO says authorities investigating new COVID-19 variant in England

GENEVA: The World Health Organization is aware of a new variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain, but there is no evidence the strain behaves differently to existing types of the virus, it said on Monday. “We are aware of this genetic variant reported in 1,000 individuals in England,” the WHO`s top emergencies expert … Read more

Almost all COVID-19 cases develop antibodies: WHO

Geneva: Almost 100 per cent of COVID-19 patients develop antibodies no matter the course of the disease, WHO’s Maria Van Kerkhove said on Friday (December 4). “What we understand is 90 to 100 per cent of people who are infected with the virus do develop an antibody response, whether you have mild infection or asymptomatic … Read more

WHO warns against pandemic complacency amid COVID-19 vaccine rollout

GENEVA: Recent progress on COVID-19 vaccines is positive but the World Health Organization is concerned this has led to a growing perception that the pandemic has come to an end, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. Britain approved Pfizer Inc`s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, raising hopes that the tide could soon turn against … Read more

Let's not politicize probe of virus origins: WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on COVID-19 outbreak

GENEVA: The World Health Organization`s director-general urged countries on Monday not to politicize the hunt for the origins of the novel coronavirus as that would create barriers to learning the truth. “We need to know the origin of this virus because it can help us to prevent future outbreaks,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told … Read more

WHO COVID envoy fears third wave, calls Europe response 'incomplete'

A World Health Organization (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy predicted a third wave of the pandemic in Europe in early 2021, if governments repeat what he said was a failure to do what was needed to prevent the second wave of infections. “They missed building up the necessary infrastructure during the summer months, after they brought … Read more

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