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Tag: World Health Organisation

WHO Designates New Covid Strain As Variant Of Concern, Names It Omicron

Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, the TAG-VE has advised WHO that this variant should be designated as a Variant of Concern, and the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a VOC, named Omicron.

WHO Reserves Judgement On Indian Coronavirus Variant

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against jumping to conclusions about a new coronavirus variant discovered in India, saying it had not yet classified it as worrying. A…

Covid-19 Pandemic Could Be Over Within 2 Years: WHO Chief

Geneva: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic could be over within two years. Addressing a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Friday, the WHO chief said that the Spanish flu of 1918 had also taken two years to overcome, but current advances in […]

WHO Chief: There Might Never Be A 'Silver Bullet' For Covid-19

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) chief on Monday said although a number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials, there is no “silver bullet” at the moment, and there might never be for Covid-19. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that for now, stopping Covid-19 outbreaks come down […]

India will have to play key role in mass production of coronavirus vaccine: France

New Delhi: India will have an important role to play in the mass production of medicines and vaccines for coronavirus infection once the treatment for the deadly disease is found, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has said. Dozens of researchers across the globe are racing against time to come out with a vaccine for coronavirus that […]

India to head WHO Exec Board from Friday amid leadership vacuum post-COVID

New Delhi: At a time when the credibility of the World Health Organization (WHO) has plummeted to an all-time low and internationally there’s a groundswell for new leadership, India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is all set to be the chairman of the WHO’s Executive Board. He has been elected to the post and will take […]

Donald Trump warns permanent freeze of WHO funding over subservience to China

Washington: US President Donald Trump has warned the WHO that he would reconsider America’s membership in the UN health body and “permanently freeze” the funding to it if it does not demonstrate its “independence” from China in the next 30 days. On April 14, President Trump halted America’s funding of up to USD 500 million […]

WHO Chief Scientist Commends India For Keeping COVID-19 Cases Low

New Delhi: World Health Organisation’s Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Monday commended India for keeping the coronavirus cases and deaths very low compared to other countries and said it will play an important role in the development of a vaccine for COVID-19. She said the whole world has to be prepared for the ongoing transmission […]

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IIT Delhi researchers develop dashboard to predict Covid-19 spread

New Delhi: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi have developed a web-based dashboard to predict the spread of deadly Covid-19 in India. The mobile-friendly dashboard, named as PRACRITI – PRediction and Assessment of CoRona Infections and Transmission in India, gives a detailed state-wise and district-wise predictions of viral cases in the country. Also Read: […]

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Beijing Prohibits US From Visiting China To Probe COVID-19 Origin

New Delhi/Washington: Beijing has denied permission to American scientists to visit Wuhan Institute of Virology or any other part of China to investigate the origin of the novel coronavirus. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo revealed this on Wednesday while speaking to Fox News about why greater transparency from the  Xi Jinping government was required. […]

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COVID19: ICMR Bats For Oxford Vaccine, WHO Lists 3 More As Frontrunners

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Sunday said that a candidate vaccine called ChAdOX1 a” being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford — is the frontrunner in the race to take on the deadly COVID-19 virus which has infected over 23 lakh people globally, killing over 1.60 lakh people. […]

COVID-19: China To Assist India In Handling Coronavirus Outbreak

Beijing: China applauded India’s aid during Beijing’s battle against Coronavirus on Monday and has confirmed to assist India and share its experience in handling the COVID-19 outbreak and preventing the spread of the deadly virus. India sent about 15 tonnes of medical assistance comprising masks, gloves and other emergency medical equipment to the coronavirus-hit Wuhan […]

COVID-19 slower than flu but more dangerous: WHO

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has observed that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads less efficiently than influenza or flu virus. However, the WHO also noted that the illness caused by COVID-19 is more severe than that of the flu. In a media release issued on Tuesday, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted, “COVID-19 […]

WHO Praises China's Effective Control Measures

Geneva: World Health Organisation (WHO) spoke highly of China’s effective control measures to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, and called on all countries to invest in preparedness, not panic to manage the epidemic. Addressing the 146th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting that kicked off here on Monday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China […]

Researchers Discover 102 Genes Associated With Autism

New York: In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with risk for autism. The discovery shows significant progress towards teasing apart the genes associated with autism from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions which often overlap. According to the World […]

Russian Alcohol Consumption Down 43%: WHO Report

Moscow: Alcohol consumption in Russia decreased by 43 per cent from 2003 to 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) report said. The report attributed the decline in what was considered to be one of the heaviest-drinking countries in the world to a series of alcohol-control measures implemented by the state, especially under then President Dmitri […]

Antibiotic resistance key area for US-India ties: Juster

Kolkata: Describing antibiotic resistance as one of the most important global health issues, a US envoy on Monday said it was a key area for US-India collaboration. “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most important global health issues of our times. Global cooperation to tackle antimicrobial resistance is essential and is a key area for […]

Over 59 % Residents In Bhubaneswar Physically Inactive: Study

Bhubaneswar: More than 59 per cent of over one million residents in Bhubaneswar are physically inactive, while only 16 per cent of the population practise yoga, a recent study has revealed. The research, funded by Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), also said that less than one-third of the population walk for ten minutes a day. “The […]

AI can spot depression via sound of your voice

New Delhi: India — the sixth most depressed country in the world — has an estimated 56 million people suffering from depression and 38 million from anxiety disorders, according to a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). To help identify depression early, scientists have now enhanced a technology that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) […]

Health Ministry to set up permanent multi-disciplinary group to look into AES/JE cases

New Delhi: As Bihar grapples with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome that has claimed 106 lives so far, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Tuesday decided to constitute a permanent multi-disciplinary group of experts at the Centre to monitor and formulate measures to be taken up in the event of such an outbreak. The central group will comprise […]

Quit smoking to offset arthritis risk

New York: Long-term smoking cessation in women was associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to those who had recently quit, a new study has shown. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet. The study showed that the risk of seropositive RA […]

93% children breathe toxic air globally: WHO

New Delhi: Every day, around 93 per cent of the children globally under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. Tragically, many of them die. A new study by the WHO […]

90% of world's population breathes badly polluted air: WHO

Geneva: Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills seven million people each year, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) study released on Wednesday. The study is an analysis of what the WHO says is the world’s most comprehensive database on ambient […]

Night shifts may raise risk of diabetes

New York: Do you frequently work in night shifts? Beware, you are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, a precursor to cardiovascular diseases, researchers have warned. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). The study found that people working irregular or rotating shifts with […]

ICMR head Swaminathan appointed WHO Deputy Director General

United Nations: Soumiya Swaminathan, the head of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has been appointed Deputy Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was elected this year to head the Geneva-based organisation, announced her appointment on Tuesday morning. A leading medical researcher and health policy expert, Swaminathan […]