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WHO Chief Ghebreyesus In Quarantine After Contact Tests Positive For COVID-19

Geneva: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that he was self-quarantining after he was “identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19”. Taking to Twitter on Monday morning, he said: “I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. I […]

Healthy Young People May Not Get Covid Vaccine Until 2022: WHO Chief Scientist
Healthy Young People May Not Get Covid Vaccine Until 2022: WHO Chief Scientist

New Delhi: World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Thursday said that young and healthy people may have to wait till 2022 to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Swaminathan also stressed that health workers and those at highest risks should be prioritised. She indicated that, despite the many vaccine trials being undertaken, speedy, mass […]

COVID-19: WHO Warns About Complacency Among Lower-Risk Groups

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who are unaware that they are infected with the Covid-19, are driving the spread of the deadly virus, it was reported on Tuesday. The proportion of young people with Covid-19 has risen, the BBC quoted WHO officials as saying […]

Record Single-Day Spike Of COVID-19 Cases In Almost 40 Countries

Washington: The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a record increase in daily coronavirus cases across the world, despite many countries starting to ease lockdown measures. It said there were 284,196 new COVID19 infections in 24 hours on Friday, while the number of deaths increased by 9,753, which was the largest single-day increase since April […]

WHO To Raise $31.3 Billion Against COVID-19

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the WHO-led global response to Covid-19 needs $31.3 billion for therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics over the next 12 months, including two billion doses of vaccines. The money would go to the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, or ACT-Accelerator, a global collaboration initiated in April to accelerate development, […]

COVID-19: Australia Hits Out At China, Russia For Spreading 'Disinformation'

Melbourne: Australia on Tuesday lashed out at China and Russia for spreading “disinformation” during the coronavirus pandemic and asserted that it would continue to push for reform of global bodies such as the WHO. Delivering a speech at the Australian National University in Canberra, Foreign Minister Marise Payne underlined that the European Commission last week […]

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Union Health Min Harsh Vardhan Takes Charge As WHO Executive Board Chairman

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is at the forefront of India’s battle against COVID-19 pandemic, took charge as the chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board on Friday, officials said. Vardhan, who succeeded Dr Hiroki Nakatani from Japan, offered his condolences at the loss of lives due to the coronavirus pandemic across […]

WHO hails Wuhan for clearing all COVID-19 cases

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the news that there were no more hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the novel coronavirus originated last December, praising its people’s “tireless efforts” to combat the pandemic. According to city authorities, Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, was cleared of all COVID-19 cases […]

WHO should be ashamed of itself, it is like a PR agency for China: US Prez Donald Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump Thursday said the World Health Organization should be “ashamed of” itself, as he likened it to a public relations agency for China. The Trump Administration has launched a probe into the role of the WHO on coronavirus, and has temporarily suspended the US’ financial assistance to it. “I think that […]

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WHO has no power or force to reinforce its advice, except willingness of countries to accept or reject

Geneva:  The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Ghebreyesus said countries should have listened to the agency after it declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” on 30 January, when there were 82 cases outside China and no deaths, the BBC reported […]

Coronavirus Will Be With Us For A Long Time: WHO Chief

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) Chief said on Wednesday that the coronavirus continues to be extremely dangerous and will remain for a long time. “Make no mistake: We have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said at the daily briefing […]

Practice physical distancing even during Ramadan: WHO

New Delhi: As the holy month of Ramadan this year falls between late April and late May amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged people to keep maintaining physical distancing. “Practice physical distancing by strictly maintaining a distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between people at all times,” the […]

US President Donald Trump Halts Funding To WHO

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced halting America’s funding of the World Health Organization while a review is being conducted to assess its role in “severely mismanaging and covering up” the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan City of central China’s Hubei province in November, has so […]

No evidence suggests BCG vaccine can protect against COVID-19: WHO
No evidence suggests BCG vaccine can protect against COVID-19: WHO

Geneva: There is no evidence that the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, which is primarily used against tuberculosis, protects people against infection with the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The WHO, therefore, didn’t recommend BCG vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19 in the absence of evidence, according to its daily situation report on […]

COVID-19 Outbreak: 'No Community Transmission In India', Admits WHO

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that one of its reports had shown COVID-19 community transmission in India due to an error which has now been fixed. The Indian government has maintained that community transmission has not yet started in India. The WHO rectified the mistake in its latest situation report on COVID-19 […]

COVID-19 crisis: UN chief defends WHO after Donald Trump threat

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscored the necessity of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis in the face of a threat by US President Donald Trump to withhold funds for the UN agency. “The WHO, with thousands of its staff, is on the front lines, supporting member states and their […]

Now, ICMR to go for Covid-19 therapeautic trial with WHO

New Delhi: India will participate in the WHO’s multi-country “solidarity trial” for developing potential treatments and drugs for COVID-19 (coronavirus), apex health research body Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Friday. The decision came as the country reported 2,547 cases of the coronavirus infection, including 62 deaths so far. “ICMR will collaborate with […]

COVID-19 Cases To Reach 1 Million In Next Few Days, Toll To Hit 50,000- WHO

Geneva: The chief of World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said, within next few days, the world will see confirmed COVID-19 cases reach one million and the death toll climb to 50,000. “As we enter the fourth month since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global […]

WHO expects India to take aggressive action to combat COVID-19 pandemic
WHO expects India to take aggressive action to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Geneva: Praising India for eradicating two silent killers – Smallpox & Polio, World Health Organization (WHO) has backed India to take aggressive action against the global pandemic coronavirus or COVID-19 that has claimed over 16,000 lives across the globe so far. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Michael J. Ryan, WHO Executive Director said the […]

WHO Raises COVID-19 Risk To 'Very High' At Global Level

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday raised the risk assessment of COVID-19 from ‘high’ to ‘very high’ at global level. “Our epidemiologists have been monitoring these developments continuously, and we have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at a global […]

COVID-19 outbreak at 'decisive point' as China toll now 2,788

Beijing/Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the coronavirus outbreak has reached a “decisive point” and has “pandemic potential” as the toll in China, the deadly disease’s country of origin, increased to 2,788 on Friday. “We are at a decisive point… For the past two days, the number of new cases reported in […]

COVID-19 At Decisive Point: WHO Chief

Geneva: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the world is at a “decisive point” to tackle the coronavirus outbreak as new cases outside China have outnumbered the new cases reported in the Asian country. “We are at a decisive point,” Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO) was quoted as saying by Xinhua news […]

Coronavirus Not Pandemic Yet, But World Should Be Ready: WHO

London: The World Health Organisation has said it is too early now to call the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic yet, but the world should do more to prepare for such an eventuality, reports said on Monday. The WHO said countries should be “in a phase of preparedness” for a pandemic, when an infectious disease spreads […]

WHO Launches Global Research Forum Against Coronavirus

Geneva: A two-day global research and innovation forum led by the World Health Organization (WHO) was launched here Tuesday to mobilise international action in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Co-hosted by the WHO and the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness and funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the forum kicked off […]

Ministry of Health launches 'Mission 2023'

New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the ‘World Health Organization (WHO) India Country Cooperation Strategy 2019-2023: A Time of Transition programme in New Delhi. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the scheme begun in collaboration with the WHO will bring major changes in the health sector. He said that […]