Tag Archives: World Health Organization

WHO Declares “End Is In Sight” For COVID Pandemic

Reuters reports: The world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, his most optimistic outlook yet on the years-long health crisis which has killed over six million people. “We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told …

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WHO: It’s Possible To Eliminate Monkeypox In Europe

Reuters reports: It is possible to eliminate the monkeypox outbreak in Europe, World Health Organization officials said on Tuesday, highlighting evidence that case counts are slowing in a handful of countries. There are encouraging signs of a sustained week-on-week decline in the onset of cases in many European countries, including France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Britain, as well as a …

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WHO Reports 21% Global Decline In Monkeypox Cases

The Associated Press reports: The number of monkeypox cases reported globally dropped by 21% in the last week, reversing a month-long trend of rising infections and a possible signal the outbreak in Europe may be starting to decline, according to a World Health Organization report issued Thursday. British health authorities said last week after seeing a decline in the number …

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WHO Names Latest Monkeypox Variant As “Clade IIb”

Via press release: A group of global experts convened by WHO has agreed on new names for monkeypox virus variants, as part of ongoing efforts to align the names of the monkeypox disease, virus and variants—or clades—with current best practices. The experts agreed to name the clades using Roman numerals. The monkeypox virus was named upon first discovery in 1958, …

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WHO: Window Is Closing To Stem Monkeypox Outbreak

Reuters reports: Scientists advising the World Health Organization (WHO) on monkeypox say the window is closing to stop its spread, with cases currently doubling every two weeks, raising concerns that it will take several months for the outbreak to peak. WHO Europe has forecast just over 27,000 monkeypox cases in 88 countries by Aug. 2, up from 17,800 cases in …

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WHO Declares Monkeypox To Be “Global Emergency”

The Associated Press reports: The World Health Organization said the expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency, a declaration Saturday that could spur further investment in treating the once-rare disease and worsen the scramble for scarce vaccines. Declaring a global emergency means the monkeypox outbreak is an “extraordinary …

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WHO To Convene Emergency Meeting On Monkeypox, Decide On New “Non-Stigmatizing” Name For Disease

Reuters reports: The World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee on Thursday next week to assess whether the monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern. That is the highest level of warning issued by the U.N. agency, which currently applies only to the COVID-19 pandemic and polio. There have been 1,600 confirmed and 1,500 suspected cases …

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WHO Calls Emergency Meeting On Monkeypox Cases

Reuters reports: The World Health Organization was due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent outbreak of monkeypox, a viral infection more common to west and central Africa, after more than 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe. In what Germany described as the largest outbreak in Europe ever, cases have been reported in at …

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WHO Estimates Global COVID Death Toll At 15 Million

The BBC reports: The Covid pandemic has caused the deaths of nearly 15 million people around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates. That is 13% more deaths than normally expected over two years. The WHO believes many countries undercounted the numbers who died from Covid – only 5.4 million were reported. In India, there were 4.7 million Covid …

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WHO: Global COVID Cases, Deaths Continue Decline

The Associated Press reports: The number of new coronavirus cases reported globally dropped by 16% last week, marking a month-long decline in COVID-19 infections, according to figures from the World Health Organization. In its weekly report on the pandemic issued late Tuesday, the U.N. health agency also said that deaths fell by 10%, continuing a drop in fatalities first seen …

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WHO: Poor Countries Have Gotten One Billion Doses

The Associated Press reports: The World Health Organization said Sunday that a U.N.-backed program shipping coronavirus vaccines to many poor countries has now delivered 1 billion doses, but that milestone “is only a reminder of the work that remains” after hoarding and stockpiling in rich countries. A shipment of 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Rwanda on Saturday included the …

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WHO Expresses Concern About New “Omicron” Variant

The Washington Post reports: A new, possibly more infectious coronavirus variant, with an unusual number of mutations, had scientists sounding the alarm, countries moving to impose travel bans and financial markets tumbling on Friday, as the world feared another setback on the long road out of the pandemic. The World Health Organization declared the new strain a “variant of concern” …

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WHO Forms Panel To Investigate Origins Of COVID

The Washington Post reports: The World Health Organization named 26 scientists Wednesday to a new advisory body devoted to understanding the origins of the coronavirus and other future outbreaks, marking a change in approach for the world’s top global health body to one of the most politically sensitive issues of a pandemic that has killed more than 4.8 million people. …

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World Health Organization Approves First Malaria Vax

The New York Times reports: The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the first ever vaccine to prevent malaria, debuting a tool that could save the lives of tens of thousands of children in Africa each year. Malaria is among the oldest known and deadliest of infectious diseases. It kills about half a million people each year, nearly all of …

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WHO Calls For Halt To Boosters Through End Of 2021

The Associated Press reports: The head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said Wednesday he was “appalled” at comments by a leading …

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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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