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  • WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls growth in virus cases ''worrying'' Apr 16, 2021 04:04 PM IST

    WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls growth in virus cases ''worrying''

    At a press briefing on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of new cases is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far in the pandemic.

  • COVID-19 pandemic 'a long way from over', says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Apr 13, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic 'a long way from over', says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    The coronavirus, which emerged first in central China's Wuhan city in December 2019, has infected more than 136,500,400 people and killed over 2,944,500 people across the world.

  • Explained: Reasons behind Remdesivir shortage and what government is doing about it Apr 12, 2021 02:51 PM IST

    Explained: Reasons behind Remdesivir shortage and what government is doing about it

    Union Health Minister has said that there is a potential for further increase in demand for Remdesivir in the coming days.

  • No adequate data on changing Covid vaccines between doses: WHO Apr 09, 2021 04:10 PM IST

    No adequate data on changing Covid vaccines between doses: WHO

    "There is no adequate data to be able to say whether this is something that could be done, so... interchangeability of vaccine was not something that we could give a recommendation on," World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters.

  • COVAX expects to deliver doses to nations despite reduced supply availability: WHO Apr 09, 2021 10:27 AM IST

    COVAX expects to deliver doses to nations despite reduced supply availability: WHO

    The COVAX facility, which is a global initiative to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide, has now delivered life-saving vaccines to over 100 economies since making its first international delivery to Ghana on February 24, 2021.

  • WHO rejects Serum Institute's proposal seeking extension of Covishield's shelf life from 6 to 9 months Apr 08, 2021 08:18 PM IST

    WHO rejects Serum Institute's proposal seeking extension of Covishield's shelf life from 6 to 9 months

    The WHO has also sought a meeting with Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to discuss the matter, sources said.

  • North Korea tells WHO it's still virus-free Apr 07, 2021 09:39 AM IST

    North Korea tells WHO it's still virus-free

    It shut its borders, banned tourists and jetted out diplomats. It still severely limits cross-border traffic and has quarantined tens of thousands of people who have shown symptoms.

  • WHO does not back vaccination passports for now Apr 06, 2021 04:55 PM IST

    WHO does not back vaccination passports for now

    The WHO now expects to review China's COVID-19 vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac for possible emergency use listing around the end of April, as more data is required, WHO spokewoman Margaret Harris added at a U.N. news briefing.

  • Europe vaccine rollout 'unacceptably slow', says WHO Apr 01, 2021 04:33 PM IST

    Europe vaccine rollout 'unacceptably slow', says WHO

    The organisation said the slow rollout was "prolonging the pandemic" and described Europe's virus situation as "more worrying than we have seen in several months."

  • India supplies 25,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to Palestine Mar 31, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    India supplies 25,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to Palestine

    Palestine rolled out the COVID-19 vaccine on March 21 after it received around 60,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca doses via the Covax scheme.

  • Pandemic treaty: WHO now backed by 23 countries for future health emergencies Mar 31, 2021 09:18 AM IST

    Pandemic treaty: WHO now backed by 23 countries for future health emergencies

    The idea of such a treaty, also aimed at ensuring universal and equitable access to vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for pandemics, was floated by the chairman of European Union leaders, Charles Michel, last November.

  • US, 13 countries express concern after WHO COVID-19 origin study was delayed, lacked access Mar 30, 2021 11:07 PM IST

    US, 13 countries express concern after WHO COVID-19 origin study was delayed, lacked access

    The statement was signed by the governments of Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • COVID-19 update | India extends shelf life of AstraZeneca vaccine to 9 months Mar 30, 2021 10:40 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | India extends shelf life of AstraZeneca vaccine to 9 months

    The approval, given to a licensed version of the drug made by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and exported to dozens of countries, could help health authorities minimise vaccine wastage and better plan their inoculation programmes.

  • Data withheld from WHO team probing COVID-19 origins in China: WHO Chief Mar 30, 2021 09:45 PM IST

    Data withheld from WHO team probing COVID-19 origins in China: WHO Chief

    China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to the WHO-led team, one of the team's investigators has already said, potentially complicating efforts to understand how the global pandemic began.

  • How did COVID-19 originate? WHO experts have these theories Mar 30, 2021 08:32 AM IST

    How did COVID-19 originate? WHO experts have these theories

  • COVID-19 update | China refutes Antony Blinken's charge it helped to write WHO experts' report on coronavirus origin Mar 29, 2021 09:21 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | China refutes Antony Blinken's charge it helped to write WHO experts' report on coronavirus origin

    Blinken in an interview to CNN on Sunday expressed concern about the "methodology and the process" followed by the forthcoming WHO report on the origin of the coronavirus.

  • COVID-19 update | Delayed report says coronavirus probably came to humans from animals Mar 29, 2021 09:06 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Delayed report says coronavirus probably came to humans from animals

    Drafted by a team of World Health Organization-appointed international experts and Chinese counterparts, the report has been keenly anticipated ever since investigators left China more than a month ago.

  • WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says all Covid origins hypotheses 'need further study' Mar 29, 2021 05:12 PM IST

    WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says all Covid origins hypotheses 'need further study'

    "All hypotheses are open, from what I read from the report... and warrant complete and further studies," World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference from Geneva.

  • WHO and China: a healthy relationship? Mar 29, 2021 04:34 PM IST

    WHO and China: a healthy relationship?

    Critics believe Beijing has given the WHO the runaround throughout the crisis, and suggest China has been less than forthcoming with data that could help solve the mystery behind the global crisis.

  • Ten key moments in WHO's COVID-19 response Mar 29, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    Ten key moments in WHO's COVID-19 response

    Here are 10 key moments in the World Health Organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, since the first signs were detected in China.

  • WHO warns against widening gap in vaccine distribution Mar 29, 2021 02:22 PM IST

    WHO warns against widening gap in vaccine distribution

    "The gap between the number of vaccines administered in rich countries, and the number of vaccines administered through Covax is growing every single day," UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

  • WHO report says animals likely source of COVID-19 Mar 29, 2021 11:42 AM IST

    WHO report says animals likely source of COVID-19

    The findings were largely as expected and left many questions unanswered. The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.

  • WHO asking rich countries to donate 10 million vaccines Mar 27, 2021 08:49 AM IST

    WHO asking rich countries to donate 10 million vaccines

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says supply problems faced by the UN-backed effort COVAX, which aims to provide vaccines to all countries, means that about 20 countries are still awaiting their first doses of vaccines from the program.

  • China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report Mar 26, 2021 06:11 PM IST

    China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report

    The briefing appeared to be an attempt by China to get out its view on the report, which has become enmeshed in a diplomatic spat. The U.S. and others have raised questions about Chinese influence and the independence of the findings, and China has accused critics of politicizing a scientific study.

  • Global coronavirus deaths rise for 1st time in 6 weeks: WHO Mar 23, 2021 12:29 PM IST

    Global coronavirus deaths rise for 1st time in 6 weeks: WHO

    WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan acknowledged an urge among the public in many places to emerge from pandemic restrictions.

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