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 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

Don't use Gilead's Remdesivir in hospitalised COVID-19 patients: WHO

LONDON: Gilead`s Remdesivir should not be used for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, regardless of how ill they are, as there is no evidence the drug improves survival or reduces the need for ventilation, a World Health Organization panel said on Friday. “The … panel found a lack of evidence that Remdesivir improved outcomes that matter to patients,” … Read more