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  • WHO asks South-East Asian countries to scale up Covid vaccination Jul 01, 2022 11:22 AM IST

    WHO asks South-East Asian countries to scale up Covid vaccination

    While significant progress has been made in the region towards vaccinating populations against COVID-19, several countries missed the global target to fully vaccinate 70 per cent of their total population with all primary doses of the vaccine by June end, a WHO statement said.

  • WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency Jun 23, 2022 03:14 PM IST

    WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency

    The World Health Organization's emergency committee will meet on Thursday to discuss whether the spiralling monkeypox outbreak warrants the declaration of a global emergency.

  • One in eight persons suffers mental disorder globally: WHO report Jun 17, 2022 08:55 AM IST

    One in eight persons suffers mental disorder globally: WHO report

    "Business as usual for mental health simply will not do," says WHO

  • WHO to change monkeypox virus name as scientists call it 'discriminatory' Jun 15, 2022 07:03 PM IST

    WHO to change monkeypox virus name as scientists call it 'discriminatory'

    A WHO spokesperson said that the process of naming diseases should be “done with the aim to minimise the negative impact” and avoid offending any “cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups."

  • WHO to share vaccines to stop monkeypox amid inequity fears Jun 15, 2022 04:24 PM IST

    WHO to share vaccines to stop monkeypox amid inequity fears

    The World Health Organization has announced the creation of a new vaccine-sharing mechanism to combat monkeypox outbreaks in more than 30 countries outside of Africa.

  • WHO convenes experts to decide if monkeypox is an emergency Jun 14, 2022 09:11 PM IST

    WHO convenes experts to decide if monkeypox is an emergency

    The World Health Organization will assemble an emergency committee of specialists to evaluate whether the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa can be classified as a global health emergency.

  • COVID origins unclear but lab leak theory needs study: WHO Jun 10, 2022 07:07 AM IST

    COVID origins unclear but lab leak theory needs study: WHO

    That stance marks a sharp reversal of the U.N. health agency’s initial assessment of the pandemic’s origins, and comes after many critics accused WHO of being too quick to dismiss or underplay a lab-leak theory that put Chinese officials on the defensive.

  • WHO: COVID cases and deaths falling nearly everywhere Jun 08, 2022 10:21 PM IST

    WHO: COVID cases and deaths falling nearly everywhere

    According to a World Health Organization weekly report released Wednesday, the number of new coronavirus infections and deaths reported worldwide decreased last week, with the exception of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

  • Paraguay cancels order for one million Covaxin doses citing quality issues: Reports Jun 07, 2022 11:03 PM IST

    Paraguay cancels order for one million Covaxin doses citing quality issues: Reports

    Bharat Biotech did not immediately react to the development, but company sources reportedly said that all export orders already stand cancelled as the production has been halted.

  • 780 cases of monkeypox reported or identified as of June 2: WHO Jun 06, 2022 11:54 AM IST

    780 cases of monkeypox reported or identified as of June 2: WHO

    The UN's health agency said that while epidemiological investigations are ongoing, most reported cases so far have been presented through sexual health or other health services in primary or secondary health care facilities and have involved mainly, but not exclusively, men who have sex with men (MSM).

  • Monkeypox has likely spread undetected 'for some time,' says WHO Jun 02, 2022 12:04 PM IST

    Monkeypox has likely spread undetected 'for some time,' says WHO

    "The sudden appearance of monkeypox in many countries at the same time suggests there may have been undetected transmission for some time,": World Health Organization

  • Cleaning up littered tobacco products costs India about 766 million dollars each year: WHO May 31, 2022 09:41 PM IST

    Cleaning up littered tobacco products costs India about 766 million dollars each year: WHO

    The cost of cleaning up abandoned tobacco products falls on taxpayers rather than the industry, according to the World Health Organization, and it costs India roughly USD 766 million each year.

  • Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO May 30, 2022 05:47 PM IST

    Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO

    More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox, a usually mild illness that spreads through close contact, causing flu-like symptoms and a distinctive rash, have been reported in May.

  • Monkeypox cases on the rise, outbreak reaches 23 countries: 5 updates May 30, 2022 12:47 PM IST

    Monkeypox cases on the rise, outbreak reaches 23 countries: 5 updates

    WHO stated that the sudden appearance of monkeypox at once in several non-endemic countries suggests undetected transmission for some time and recent amplifying events.

  • Monkeypox presents moderate risk to global public health, WHO says May 30, 2022 07:01 AM IST

    Monkeypox presents moderate risk to global public health, WHO says

    "The public health risk could become high if this virus exploits the opportunity to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to groups at higher risk of severe disease such as young children and immunosuppressed persons," WHO said.

  • Tedros re-elected as Director General of World Health Organization May 24, 2022 08:46 PM IST

    Tedros re-elected as Director General of World Health Organization

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was re-elected by the members of the World Health Organization's (WHO), the president of the World Health Assembly said on Tuesday.

  • Monkeypox transmission can be stopped outside endemic countries: WHO May 23, 2022 07:47 PM IST

    Monkeypox transmission can be stopped outside endemic countries: WHO

    "We want to stop human-to-human transmission. We can do this in the non-endemic countries... This is a containable situation," the WHO's emerging diseases lead Maria Van Kerkhove told a live interaction on the UN health agency's social media channels.

  • The COVID pandemic is ‘most certainly not over’: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus May 23, 2022 05:09 PM IST

    The COVID pandemic is ‘most certainly not over’: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    The UN health agency’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told officials gathered in Geneva for opening of the WHO’s annual meeting that “declining testing and sequencing means we are blinding ourselves to the evolution of the virus.” He also noted that almost 1 billion people in lower-income countries still haven’t been vaccinated.

  • ASHA workers at forefront of ensuring healthy India: PM Modi May 23, 2022 11:18 AM IST

    ASHA workers at forefront of ensuring healthy India: PM Modi

    India’s ten lakh all-women ASHA volunteers were honoured by the WHO on Sunday for their crucial role in providing direct access to healthcare facilities in rural areas and their indefatigable efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

  • Wild poliovirus case: Infected child began to experience paralysis, says WHO May 22, 2022 05:41 PM IST

    Wild poliovirus case: Infected child began to experience paralysis, says WHO

    Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, said the detection of the new wild poliovirus case was “greatly concerning”.

  • WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases cross 100 in Europe May 20, 2022 09:25 PM IST

    WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases cross 100 in Europe

    Many of the cases are not linked to travel to the continent. As a result, the cause of this outbreak is unclear, although health authorities have said that there is potentially some degree of community spread.

  • Monkeypox: Which countries have reported cases of the viral disease May 20, 2022 12:24 PM IST

    Monkeypox: Which countries have reported cases of the viral disease

    In the latest outbreak, Monkeypox virus has been detected in the Canada, United States, United Kingdom Italy, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.

  • WHO authorises China's CanSinoBIO COVID-19 vaccine May 19, 2022 05:23 PM IST

    WHO authorises China's CanSinoBIO COVID-19 vaccine

    "The vaccine meets WHO standards for protection against Covid-19 and... the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh risks," the UN health agency said in a statement.

  • Monkeypox: WHO warns virus spreading in sexual networks. Here's how May 19, 2022 02:04 PM IST

    Monkeypox: WHO warns virus spreading in sexual networks. Here's how

    Monkeypox: The WHO said it was also investigating that many cases reported were people identifying as gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men.

  • Pollution led to over 23.5 lakh premature deaths in India in 2019, highest in world: Lancet study May 18, 2022 01:20 PM IST

    Pollution led to over 23.5 lakh premature deaths in India in 2019, highest in world: Lancet study

    New Delhi, May 18 India saw over 23.5 lakh premature deaths due to pollution of all types -- including 16.7 lakh fatalities caused by air pollution ..

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