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WHO chief scientist says COVID-19 pandemic has not ended yet

NEW YORK: The World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said on Friday that the world was not yet at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic as there would be more coronavirus variants. “We have seen the virus evolve,

WHO urges rich countries to pay up for COVID-19 plan

GENEVA: The WHO Wednesday urged rich countries to pay their fair share of the money needed for its plan to conquer COVID-19 by contributing $16 billion as a matter of urgency. The World Health Organization said the rapid cash injection

WHO calls for more research on vaccine efficacy against Omicron

NEW YORK: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday more research is needed to find out if existing COVID-19 vaccines provide adequate protection against the highly contagious Omicron variant, even as manufacturers develop next generation shots. The global health

WHO fears 700,000 more Covid deaths in Europe

COPENHAGEN: Europe remains “in the firm grip” of Covid and the death toll on the continent could top 2.2 million this winter if current trends continue, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Some 700,000 could die in the coming months,

WHO recommends first malaria vaccine for children

GENEVA: In a major breakthrough, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has endorsed the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine, the first against the mosquito-borne disease. The vaccine was first made by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in 1987. The decision followed a review of a

WHO workers found sexually abusing women during Ebola crisis

GENEVA: More than 80 aid workers including some employed by the World Health Organization (WHO) were involved in sexual abuse and exploitation during an Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an independent commission said. The probe was prompted

WHO suggests vaccinated mothers to breastfeed for first 6 months

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that vaccinated mothers can breastfeed their infants for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate foods for up to 2 years. Breastfeeding has many advantages for mother and

WHO calls for halting COVID-19 vaccine boosters

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) called for a halt on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, as the gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor countries widens. The call for a moratorium is the strongest

WHO chief backs Tokyo Games amid pandemic

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right plan and measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, World Health Organisation (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. Speaking to the

Pakistan felicitates China for being declared malaria-free

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has congratulated “all weather strategic cooperative partner” China a day after it was officially declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO). “Congratulations to Govt & people of China on ridding the country of Malaria as certified by

WHO warns of vaccine doses shortfall through Covax

GENEVA: The World Health Organization warned that a shortfall in COVID-19 vaccine doses going through the Covax programme in June and July could undermine the efficiency of the roll-out. Covax was set up to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly

WHO approves second Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech for emergency use listing, paving the way for a second Chinese shot to be used in developing countries. A WHO emergency listing is a signal

Fourteen countries raise concerns over WHO COVID-19 origin report

WASHINGTON: The United States and 13 other countries expressed concerns that the World Health Organization (WHO) report on the origins of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was delayed and lacked access to complete data, according to a joint statement.

COVID-19 jumped from bats through ‘missing link’ animal: WHO report

GENEVA: An international expert mission to Wuhan has concluded it was very likely that COVID-19 first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal but ruled out a laboratory leak. The intermediate host hypothesis was deemed “likely to

WHO urges countries to donate COVID-19 vaccines

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation urged countries to donate COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate the most vulnerable in 20 poorer nations. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the COVAX programme, run with the GAVI vaccine alliance, needed 10 million

No link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed that there is no link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots.   According to the World News Agency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that so far more than 260 million

World Hearing Day being observed today

World Hearing Day is being observed today across the world to raise awareness about the measures that can be taken to prevent hearing loss. The day is observed every year on 3rd March by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as

WHO approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation has granted an emergency authorisation to AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. In a statement, the WHO said it was clearing the AstraZeneca vaccines made by the Serum Institute of India and South Korea’s AstraZeneca-SKBio. The WHO’s approval

All hypotheses remain open, says WHO chief on coronavirus origins

GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization has said that all hypotheses on the origins of COVID-19 remained on the table following an investigative mission in China. The WHO’s mission to Wuhan, where the first coronavirus infections were detected

WHO mission in China fails to find source of coronavirus

BEIJING: The World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China to uncover the origins of the coronavirus has failed to identify the source of the pandemic and has ruled out the Wuhan laboratory leak theory propagated by Donald Trump. Experts believe

No evidence of coronavirus in Wuhan before Dec 2019: WHO

GENEVA: Ben Embarek, head of the World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of coronavirus has that his team has found evidence of a wider circulation of coronavirus outside the Wuhan market in December 2019. According to Ben Embarek, the

WHO team visits Chinese virus lab in Wuhan

BEIJING: World Health Organization inspectors visited a laboratory in China’s Wuhan city on Wednesday that American officials suggested could have been the source of the coronavirus. The inspection of the Wuhan virology institute, which conducts research on the world’s most

WHO team visits Wuhan market at heart of first virus outbreak

WUHAN: A team of WHO experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 went to a market in Wuhan where one of the first reported clusters of infections emerged over a year ago. Members of the group arrived at Huanan seafood market

WHO experts arrive in Wuhan for fieldwork on COVID-19 origins

BEIJING: Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) visited a Wuhan hospital on Friday as the fieldwork began in a closely watched coronavirus origins probe in a food market presumed to be “ground zero” of the pandemic. The WHO investigation

Don’t ask passengers proof of COVID-19 vaccination: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked all countries not to ask travelers for a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The appeal was made by the World Health Organization’s emergency committee, which has held a virtual meeting. According to a statement

WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus origins

WUHUN: A team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived in a Chinese city to investigate the global epidemic of coronavirus. Chinese media have confirmed the arrival of a team of experts in Wuhan, as well as

Chinese journalist imprisoned over Wuhan COVID-19 outbreak reporting

WUHAN: A Chinese citizen journalist has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for streaming news and information on social media about the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in the Chinese city. According to AFP, Zhang Zhan, a journalist who

Half of world’s population will be overweight by 2050: Study

MUMBAI: A recent study has claimed that almost half of the world’s population will be overweight by 2050 if an unhealthy dietary trend continues. Weight gain and obesity have been major health concerns for people across the world that can

World’s richest countries hoarding coronavirus vaccines: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed that the world’s richest countries have bought 53 percent of the coronavirus vaccine. According to the WHO, one in ten people in 68 countries will receive the vaccine. Officials said that 53

WHO advises caution in dealing with coronavirus

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has advised caution in dealing with the coronavirus. The Director-General of the World Health Organization said the coronavirus had changed the way festivals were celebrated, and that the international community