Tag Archives: World Health Organization

WHO Renames COVID Variants With Greek Alphabet

STAT News reports: Each variant will be given a name from the Greek alphabet, in a bid to both simplify the public discussion and to strip some of the stigma from the emergence of new variants. A country may be more willing to report it has found a new variant if it knows the new version of the virus will …

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WHO: Global COVID Cases And Deaths Continue To Rise

The Washington Post reports: New global coronavirus cases grew for the eighth consecutive week, the World Health Organization said late Tuesday. Deaths due to the virus also rose for five weeks straight, the agency said, as outbreaks caused new fatalities from India to Iran to Mexico to Poland. In India, a pandemic spiral drove the global surge in cases in …

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WHO Report: Animals Likely Source Of Coronavirus

The Associated Press reports: A joint WHO-China study on the origins of Covid-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings offer little new insight into how the virus began …

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Europe Seeing COVID Surge After Weeks Of Decline

The Washington Post reports: A coronavirus resurgence across Europe has ended a six-week decline in new cases on the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday, reflecting a broader global trend that has seen infections on the rise again. New covid-19 cases in the European region rose by 9 percent over the past week, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, …

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WHO Dismisses “Chinese Lab” As Origin Of COVID

The Associated Press reports: The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization team has concluded, an expert said Tuesday as the group wrapped up a visit to explore the origins of the virus. The Wuhan Institute of Virology in central China …

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WHO Forecasts COVID Vax Availability At Mid-2021

Reuters reports: The World Health Organization does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said on Friday, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety. None of the candidate vaccines in advanced clinical trials so far has demonstrated a “clear signal” of efficacy at the level of at least 50% …

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One Million New Cases Seen Globally In Last Five Days

Reuters reports: The number of coronavirus infections around the world hit 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by a million in just five days. The pandemic has now killed more than half a million people in six-and-a-half months, and World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there would be no return to the “old …

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WHO Sets Up Panel To Review Its COVID Response

Reuters reports: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments worldwide. The announcement follows strong criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which accused the WHO of being “China-centric”, and U.S. formal notification on Tuesday that it was withdrawing from …

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US Has Withdrawn From The World Health Organization

The Hill reports: The White House has officially withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO), a senior administration official confirmed Tuesday, breaking ties with a global public health body in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. withdrawal is effective as of Monday and has been submitted to the United Nations secretary-general, the official said Tuesday. …

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WHO Director Warns That “The Worst Is Yet To Come”

The New York Daily News reports: With more than 500,000 people killed by coronavirus in the six months since it first emerged, the World Health Organization has warned the COVID-19 crisis is actually speeding up and that the “worst is yet to come.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, during a virtual briefing on Monday acknowledged some …

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WHO Warns Of “New Dangerous Phase” In Pandemic

The Washington Post reports: The World Health Organization warned Friday that “the world is in a new and dangerous phase” as the global pandemic accelerates. The world recorded about 150,000 new cases on Thursday, the largest rise yet in a single day, according to the WHO. Nearly half of these infections were in the Americas, as new cases continue to …

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Top Republican Objects To Trump’s Plan To Leave WHO: This Could Delay Development Of Any COVID Vaccine

“I disagree with the president’s decision. Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it. “Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that …

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WHO Suspends Testing Of Trump’s Malaria Drug

Obviously this is an attack on Glorious Leader: The World Health Organization is temporarily pausing tests of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment in order to review safety concerns, the agency’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said Monday. The decision comes after a retrospective review published in The Lancet found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine or its related …

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WHO Declares South America New COVID Epicenter

The Washington Post reports: World Health Organization officials declared Friday that South America is the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, citing the rapid rise in cases in Brazil but in a slew of other countries across the region. The disease has been gaining momentum ion the continent for several weeks, but in recent days the number of cases has …

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Record 106K New Cases, Global Total Tops 5 Million

Forbes reports: More than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported to the World Health Organization over the previous 24 hours on Wednesday, the most in one day since the start of the pandemic. The global health agency said 106,000 new cases had been reported in 24 hours, a new record for the Covid-19 outbreak. Nearly two-thirds of the daily cases …

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Trump Threatens To Withdraw US Membership In WHO

Axios reports: President Trump tweeted a letter Monday night threatening to permanently cut off the World Health Organization’s U.S. funding, accusing the WHO of “repeated missteps” during the pandemic and demanding it “demonstrate independence from China.” What he’s saying: If the WHO “does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze …

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WHO Agrees To Probe Into Global COVID Response

The Associated Press reports: The World Health Organization bowed to calls Monday from most of its member states to launch an independent probe into how it managed the international response to the coronavirus, which has been clouded by finger-pointing between the U.S. and China over a pandemic that has killed over 300,000 people and leveled the global economy. The “comprehensive …

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China Pledges $2 Billion For Global COVID Response

NBC News reports: Amid an intensifying blame game over the World Health Organization’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, China’s leader Xi Jinping announced a $2 billion funding package to help tackle the outbreak as he spoke at the organization’s 73rd general assembly on Monday. “China supports the idea of a global review of the response to Covid-19 after it is …

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GOP Reps To Trump: “Not Another Dime For WHO”

Axios reports: President Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut for the World Health Organization after being on the brink of announcing he’d restore partial funding, according to three sources familiar with the situation. A fourth source, a senior administration official, cautioned that the decision-making was fluid and was still subject to change. Behind the scenes: Trump spent …

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WHO: No Evidence Yet That Reinfection Can’t Happen

Via press from the World Health Organization: WHO has published guidance on adjusting public health and social measures for the next phase of the COVID-19 response. Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate” that would enable individuals to …

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