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  • Rush to hospitals, big gatherings worsen India COVID crisis: WHO Apr 27, 2021 04:21 PM IST

    Rush to hospitals, big gatherings worsen India COVID crisis: WHO

    India's death toll is now pushing towards 200,000, and hospitals that do not have enough oxygen supplies and beds are turning away coronavirus patients.

  • Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million Apr 17, 2021 06:05 PM IST

    Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

    Worldwide, deaths are on the rise again, running at around 12,000 per day on average, and new cases are climbing too, eclipsing 700,000 a day.

  • COVID-19 Update | Clear link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots in brain: EMA official Apr 06, 2021 08:23 PM IST

    COVID-19 Update | Clear link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots in brain: EMA official

    The regulator has consistently said the benefits outweigh the risks as it investigates 44 reports of an extremely rare brain clotting ailment known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) out of 9.2 million people in the European Economic Area who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

  • WHO approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency listing Mar 12, 2021 10:38 PM IST

    WHO approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency listing

    The decision comes on the back of European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorisation announced on Thursday.

  • COVID-19 mortality rate 10 times higher in countries with overweight population: Study Mar 05, 2021 02:50 PM IST

    COVID-19 mortality rate 10 times higher in countries with overweight population: Study

    Globally, around 2.2 million of the 2.5 million deaths from COVID-19 were in countries with high levels of overweight people, a World Obesity Federation report has said.

  • WHO scraps plan for interim report on Wuhan virus mission: Report Mar 05, 2021 11:52 AM IST

    WHO scraps plan for interim report on Wuhan virus mission: Report

    The WHO team returned recently from its visit there saying it had no clear finding on the genesis of the virus, amid tensions between the US and China on what caused the once-in-a century global health crisis.

  • COVID cases rising again in Europe: WHO Mar 04, 2021 05:07 PM IST

    COVID cases rising again in Europe: WHO

    "Last week, new cases of COVID-19 in Europe rose 9 percent to just above one million. This brought a promising six-week decline in new cases to an end, with more than half of our region seeing increasing numbers of new infections," WHO Europe's regional director Hans Kluge told a news conference.

  • Pfizer requirements causing delays in COVAX deliveries: GAVI Mar 02, 2021 07:49 PM IST

    Pfizer requirements causing delays in COVAX deliveries: GAVI

    Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI alliance that co-leads the COVAX multilateral vaccine facility with the World Health Organization (WHO), told journalists the requirements were partly related to indemnification issues.

  • Coronavirus infections rise for first time in 7 weeks: WHO Mar 01, 2021 10:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus infections rise for first time in 7 weeks: WHO

    Tedros said the rise was 'disappointing but not surprising' and urged countries not to relax measures to fight the spread of the disease.

  • WHO chief thanks PM Narendra Modi for supporting vaccine equity Feb 25, 2021 11:22 PM IST

    WHO chief thanks PM Narendra Modi for supporting vaccine equity

    Earlier this month, the Ministry of External Affairs informed that India provided 56 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines under grants assistance to a number of countries while 100 lakh doses were sent under commercial supplies.

  • China refused to provide WHO team with raw data on early COVID cases, team member says Feb 13, 2021 04:41 PM IST

    China refused to provide WHO team with raw data on early COVID cases, team member says

    The WHO team had requested raw patient data on the 174 cases of COVID-19 that China had identified from the early phase of the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, as well as other cases, but were only provided with a summary.

  • WHO expert panel recommends wide use of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine Feb 10, 2021 09:22 PM IST

    WHO expert panel recommends wide use of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine

    In interim recommendations on the shot, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) panel said the vaccine should be given in two doses, with an interval of around 8 to 12 weeks between the first and second doses.

  • COVID-19: WHO experts visit Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan Jan 31, 2021 07:32 PM IST

    COVID-19: WHO experts visit Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan

    The visit which took place amid tight security assumed significance as the market was widely presumed to be the source of the virus though Chinese official media in recent months questioned the premise.

  • WHO says expects global COVID deaths to top 100,000 a week Jan 18, 2021 08:51 PM IST

    WHO says expects global COVID deaths to top 100,000 a week

    In an epidemiological update provided to the WHO's exective board meeting, he added that the Americas region accounted for about 47 percent of current deaths.

  • Vaccine rollout delayed in Europe as global COVID deaths near 2 million Jan 15, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    Vaccine rollout delayed in Europe as global COVID deaths near 2 million

    At the Meissen crematorium in Germany's Saxony state, coffins were stacked up to three high, or even stored in hallways, awaiting cremation.

  • Poorer countries could start getting COVID vaccines this month: WHO Jan 07, 2021 10:12 PM IST

    Poorer countries could start getting COVID vaccines this month: WHO

    The COVAX facility has raised $6 billion of the $7 billion that it has sought in 2021 to help finance deliveries to 92 developing nations with limited or no means to buy vaccines on their own, O'Brien told a social media event.

  • Four types of coronavirus strains circulating in world since November 2019: WHO Jan 03, 2021 05:09 PM IST

    Four types of coronavirus strains circulating in world since November 2019: WHO

    According to WHO, a SARS-CoV-2 variant with a D614G mutation emerged in late January/ early February 2020, which eventually replaced the original SARS-CoV-2 strain that China reported.

  • Don't squander sacrifices of 2020: WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Dec 25, 2020 06:30 PM IST

    Don't squander sacrifices of 2020: WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    Ghebreyesus said vaccines, now beginning to be deployed in countries around the world, were starting to offer a way out of the crisis that has engulfed the planet this year.

  • WHO in touch with UK on COVID-19 variant, seeks clearer picture Dec 20, 2020 09:20 PM IST

    WHO in touch with UK on COVID-19 variant, seeks clearer picture

    Several European countries placed restrictions on travel to and from the United Kingdom due to concern over the new strain, which is spreading rapidly there.

  • UN warns 2021 shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe Dec 04, 2020 10:50 PM IST

    UN warns 2021 shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe

    The pandemic, measures taken by countries to try to stop its spread and the economic impact have fueled a 40 percent increase in the number of people needing humanitarian help, the United Nations said earlier this week.

  • COVID-19: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms Dec 03, 2020 04:46 PM IST

    COVID-19: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

    The Shanghai companies — GeneoDx Biotech, Huirui Biotechnology, and BioGerm Medical Technology -- paid the China CDC for the information and the distribution rights, according to two sources with knowledge of the transaction who asked to remain anonymous to avoid retribution.

  • Bill Gates, the virus and the quest to vaccinate the world Nov 23, 2020 01:55 PM IST

    Bill Gates, the virus and the quest to vaccinate the world

    If the initiative, aided by Bill Gates’ fortune and focus, manages to help protect the world’s poor from a virus that has already killed more than 1.3 million people, it will affirm the strategies he has promoted in his philanthropic work.

  • WHO in talks with Russian institute on Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine Nov 12, 2020 09:40 PM IST

    WHO in talks with Russian institute on Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

    Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is 92 percent effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results, the country's sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday.

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine "very promising" but has cold chain issues: WHO Nov 10, 2020 10:58 PM IST

    Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine "very promising" but has cold chain issues: WHO

    The necessity to keep the vaccine in extremely cold storage could complicate any inoculation programme, above all in regions of Asia or Africa where the climate is warm, distances vast and the required infrastructure may be lacking.

  • WHO says it will have advice on remdesivir in 3-4 weeks Oct 23, 2020 10:10 PM IST

    WHO says it will have advice on remdesivir in 3-4 weeks

    "We would anticipate that the guidelines will be available within three to four weeks," Janet Diaz, the WHO's top official for clinical care responses, told a news conference.

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