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  • COVID-19 vaccine | Novovax, Serum Institute seek WHO emergency use nod for Covovax Sep 23, 2021 07:34 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine | Novovax, Serum Institute seek WHO emergency use nod for Covovax

    The submission to WHO is based on Novovax, SII’s previous regulatory submission to the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) in August 2021 seeking emergency use nod for its protein-based coronavirus vaccine Covovax in India.

  • "Strong likelihood" of more dangerous COVID-19 variants, WHO experts warn Jul 15, 2021 09:43 PM IST

    "Strong likelihood" of more dangerous COVID-19 variants, WHO experts warn

    The WHO said: "New concerning variants of COVID-19 are expected to spread around the world, making it even harder to halt the pandemic."

  • COVID-19 Update: Vaccines losing effect on Delta variant of coronavirus, says WHO official Jun 22, 2021 09:19 AM IST

    COVID-19 Update: Vaccines losing effect on Delta variant of coronavirus, says WHO official

    In India, 21 cases of the 'Delta plus' variant of COVID-19 have been found in Maharashtra so far, according to state health minister Rajesh Tope

  • Only one strain of COVID-19 variant found in India is now 'of concern': WHO Jun 02, 2021 09:24 AM IST

    Only one strain of COVID-19 variant found in India is now 'of concern': WHO

    The B.1.617.1 sub-lineage has meanwhile been downgraded to a "variant of interest," and dubbed Kappa.

  • Britain to work with WHO on 'pandemic radar' to track diseases May 21, 2021 10:17 PM IST

    Britain to work with WHO on 'pandemic radar' to track diseases

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the plan for a "Global Pandemic Radar" ahead of a G20 Global Health summit on Friday in Rome.

  • Authorised vaccines effective against all known COVID-19 variants, says WHO Europe chief May 20, 2021 03:22 PM IST

    Authorised vaccines effective against all known COVID-19 variants, says WHO Europe chief

    Europe Director of WHO Doctor Hans Kluge, however, cautioned that progress against the coronavirus pandemic remains “fragile” and international travel should be avoided.

  • No 'Indian variant': WHO frowns on national nomenclature for COVID-19 types May 12, 2021 02:48 PM IST

    No 'Indian variant': WHO frowns on national nomenclature for COVID-19 types

    The virus strains are referred to by the organisation by their scientific names, WHO said. For instance, it is the B.1.617 coronavirus strain and not the "Indian COVID-19 variant".

  • Answer on COVID-19 origins may lie in wildlife farms of south China, says WHO expert Mar 19, 2021 05:18 PM IST

    Answer on COVID-19 origins may lie in wildlife farms of south China, says WHO expert

    These wildlife farms that China shut down in February 2020, were probably where the pandemic originated, WHO expert Peter Daszak has said.

  • COVID-19 origin report to be published around March 15: WHO Mar 05, 2021 11:17 PM IST

    COVID-19 origin report to be published around March 15: WHO

    The first COVID-19 cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. The international investigation in the city only began in January 2021 and wrapped up last month.

  • WHO, Greta Thunberg, Alexei Navalny among Nobel Peace Prize nominees Jan 31, 2021 03:35 PM IST

    WHO, Greta Thunberg, Alexei Navalny among Nobel Peace Prize nominees

    Alexei Navalny, nominated by Russian academics, was named for his “efforts for a peaceful democratisation of Russia” by Norwegian former minister Ola Elvestuen.

  • WHO Chief thanks India, PM Narendra Modi for ‘continued support to global COVID-19 response’ Jan 23, 2021 07:10 PM IST

    WHO Chief thanks India, PM Narendra Modi for ‘continued support to global COVID-19 response’

    WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus took to Twitter on January 23 and said: “Thank you India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your continued support to the global COVID-19 response.

  • Disease X deadlier than COVID-19, could hit the world soon, warns scientist who discovered Ebola Jan 04, 2021 03:58 PM IST

    Disease X deadlier than COVID-19, could hit the world soon, warns scientist who discovered Ebola

    The fear of a second pandemic started after a woman hailing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was found suffering from symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever, which could have been caused by an unidentified deadly pathogen.

  • WHO advises against Gilead's remdesivir for all hospitalised COVID-19 patients Nov 20, 2020 08:20 AM IST

    WHO advises against Gilead's remdesivir for all hospitalised COVID-19 patients

    The advice is another setback for the drug, which grabbed worldwide attention as a potentially effective treatment for COVID-19 in the summer after early trials showed some promise.

  • WHO praises Uttar Pradesh government for effective COVID-19 management Nov 17, 2020 07:12 PM IST

    WHO praises Uttar Pradesh government for effective COVID-19 management

    WHO Country Representative Roderico Ofrin said: "The UP government's strategic response to COVID-19 by stepping up contact tracing efforts is exemplary and can serve as a good example for other states."

  • PM Modi thanks WHO chief for choosing India for global centre of traditional medicine Nov 13, 2020 03:14 PM IST

    PM Modi thanks WHO chief for choosing India for global centre of traditional medicine

    WHO made the announcement at an event where PM Narendra Modi also inaugurated two future-ready Ayurveda institutions on the occasion of the 5th Ayurveda Day.

  • Coronavirus pandemic disrupted mental health services in 93% countries: WHO Oct 05, 2020 07:28 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic disrupted mental health services in 93% countries: WHO

    According to the WHO survey, COVID-19 has disrupted nearly one-third, or 35 percent, of emergency interventions, which affected people suffering from prolonged seizures, acute substance use withdrawal syndromes, delirium, etc.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | WHO ending hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 Jul 05, 2020 09:58 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | WHO ending hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19

    WHO says a review of the interim results showed hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir “produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care.”

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Under WHO solidarity trial, India begins testing 4 drugs that may cure COVID-19 May 14, 2020 12:46 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Under WHO solidarity trial, India begins testing 4 drugs that may cure COVID-19

    Researchers will be evaluating four potential anti-viral agents, namely, Remdesivir, Hydroxychloroquine, Lopinavir-Ritonavir, and a combination of Lopinavir-Ritonavir with Interferon (ß1a).

  • Coronavirus pandemic | China tried to stop WHO from declaring COVID-19 a 'global emergency', says CIA report May 13, 2020 05:37 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | China tried to stop WHO from declaring COVID-19 a 'global emergency', says CIA report

    Earlier, a German intelligence report had suggested the same, claiming Chinese leader Xi Jinping had intervened personally to deter WHO from declaring the novel coronavirus disease a pandemic.

  • Worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rises to 154,188 Apr 18, 2020 05:50 PM IST

    Worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rises to 154,188

    More than 2,251,690 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 497,600 are now considered recovered.

  • Bill Gates says Donald Trump's decision to stop WHO funding is "as dangerous as it sounds" Apr 15, 2020 07:24 PM IST

    Bill Gates says Donald Trump's decision to stop WHO funding is "as dangerous as it sounds"

    The US move to withhold WHO funds as long as it awaits a review of how the coronavirus pandemic crisis was "mishandled" is “as dangerous as it sounds”, said the Microsoft founder.

  • WHO chief commends PM Modi for COVID-19 relief package Apr 03, 2020 12:34 PM IST

    WHO chief commends PM Modi for COVID-19 relief package

    Pointing out how several developing countries are not being able to implement social welfare schemes of this scale, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted main aspects of the stimulus package that PM Modi has announced to help the poor during the lockdown

  • Coronavirus pandemic: COVID-19 is here to stay, WHO envoy suggests Mar 27, 2020 06:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic: COVID-19 is here to stay, WHO envoy suggests

    Talking about the chances of the novel coronavirus outbreak worsening in India, Nabarro said the size of India’s population and underdeveloped public health service indeed pose a threat.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | How does COVID-19 compare to other pandemics, outbreaks? Mar 24, 2020 06:32 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | How does COVID-19 compare to other pandemics, outbreaks?

    The novel coronavirus induced COVID-19 has proved deadlier than both past coronavirus outbreaks, namely the SARS that killed 916 people and MERS that killed 858 people.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Need more than random sampling to ascertain stage of outbreak, says WHO Mar 18, 2020 08:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Need more than random sampling to ascertain stage of outbreak, says WHO

    "Just random sampling is not enough to check community transmission. A comprehensive strategy is needed. Increase testing. Severe cases of respiratory issues should also be tested," said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director.

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