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More than half a billion people pushed or pushed further into extreme poverty due to health care costs

DUBAI/GENEVA/WASHINGTON DC — 12 December 2021 — New evidence compiled by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage. The organizations also reveal that more than half a billion people are being pushed into extreme poverty because […]

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WHO Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern

November 26, 2021 – The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations of mutations alter the behaviour of the virus. The TAG-VE was convened on 26 November 2021 to assess the SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529.  The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. The […]

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Global Progress Against Measles Threatened Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

ATLANTA/GENEVA, 10 November 2021 — While reported measles cases have fallen compared to previous years, progress toward measles elimination continues to decline and the risk of outbreaks is mounting, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  During 2020, more than 22 million infants […]

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House-to-house polio vaccination set to recommence across Afghanistan in November

KABUL/AMMAN/KATHMANDU, 18 October 2021 – WHO and UNICEF welcome the decision by the Taliban leadership supporting the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccination across Afghanistan. The vaccination campaign, which begins on November 8, will be the first in over three years to reach all children in Afghanistan, including more than 3.3 million children in some parts […]

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WHO Director-General Bestows Posthumous Award on the Late Henrietta Lacks

GENEVA, 13th October 2021 — Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus honoured the late Henrietta Lacks with a WHO Director-General’s award, recognizing the world-changing legacy of this Black American woman who died of cervical cancer, 70 years ago, on 4 October, 1951.   While she sought treatment, researchers took biopsies from Mrs Lacks’ body without her knowledge […]

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WHO endorses ‘historic’ malaria vaccine for at-risk children

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending widespread use of the world’s first malaria vaccine, in what the UN health agency’s chief described on Wednesday as “an historic day” for the decades-long battle against the deadly disease.  The vaccine is geared towards children, in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high transmission.   The recommendation to begin using the RTS,S vaccine, is based an ongoing […]

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WHO appeals for regular access to Palestinian enclave amid ongoing Israeli strikes

The UN health agency has added its weight to calls for regular humanitarian access to Gaza, where two dozen medical facilities have now come under attack through Israeli air strikes, along with healthcare personnel. In a World Health Organization (WHO) press conference on Thursday, senior officials highlighted the “almost total destruction” of the central COVID-19 testing lab […]

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New international expert panel to address the emergence and spread of zoonotic disease

GENEVA/PARIS/ROME 20 May 2021 – International organizations have come together to launch a new One Health High-Level Expert Panel to improve understanding of how diseases with the potential to trigger pandemics, emerge and spread. The panel will advise four international organizations – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); the World Organisation for Animal […]

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Interim guidance on reducing public health risks associated with the sale of live wild mammals in traditional food markets

April 13, 2021 – World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have issued interim guidance on reducing public health risks associated with the sale of live wild mammals in traditional food markets around the world. Among other measures, the guidance calls on countries to suspend the […]

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Report examines meteorological and air quality factors and COVID-19

Geneva, 19 March 2021 – A World Meteorological Organization Task Team has issued its first report on Meteorological and Air Quality factors affecting the COVID-19 pandemic. It cautions that weather and climate conditions, including the onset of higher temperatures in the northern hemisphere spring, should not be used as a trigger to relax measures to […]

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WHO expert panel strongly advises against use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent covid-19

March 2, 2021 – The anti-inflammatory drug hydroxychloroquine should not be used to prevent infection in people who do not have covid-19, say a WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) panel of international experts in The BMJ today. Their strong recommendation is based on high certainty evidence from six randomised controlled trials involving over 6,000 participants with and […]

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COVAX announces new agreement, plans for first vaccine deliveries

Geneva/Oslo January 22, 2021 – COVAX, the global initiative to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries, regardless of income level, today announced the signing of an advance purchase agreement with Pfizer for up to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine candidate, which has already received WHO emergency use listing. Rollout […]