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WHO renames UK, South Africa, India and other variants with Greek letters

The World Health Organization announced a new naming system for variants of Covid-19. From now on the WHO will use Greek letters to refer to variants first detected in countries like the UK, South Africa and India. The UK variant for instance is labelled as Alpha, the South African Beta, and the Indian as Delta. […]

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Rich nations should delay jabbing children, instead donate Covid-19 vaccine to poor nations: WHO chief

Wealthier nations should postpone plans to give children and teenagers Covid vaccines and instead donate supplies to low-income countries, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday urged countries to supply more vaccines to the global fair-access scheme Covax. The international distribution of Covid vaccines remains vastly uneven. Since […]

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WHO elevates India’s coronavirus mutation to ‘variant of concern’ status

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified India’s variant of the novel coronavirus as a “variant of global concern”. It said preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study. The variant has already spread to more than 30 countries, the WHO says. Three other variants from the […]

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WHO approves emergency use of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China

The World Health Organization (WHO) approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinopharm. The decision came by a WHO technical advisory group, a first for a Chinese vaccine, opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the United Nations-backed COVAX programme in coming weeks or months, and distributed through […]

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‘Situation in India is heart-breaking’: WHO Chief alarmed at India’s record breaking Covid-19 surge

The World Health Organization chief was alarmed at India’s record-breaking wave of Covid-19 cases and deaths, saying the organisation was rushing to help address the crisis. “The situation in India is beyond heartbreaking,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. He spoke as India battles a catastrophic coronavirus wave that has overwhelmed hospitals, with crematoriums working at […]

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Shocking imbalance in vaccine distribution between rich and poor countries: WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) has criticised what it describes as a “shocking imbalance” in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines between rich and poor countries. The WHO has long called for fairer distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. It is leading the Covax scheme which is designed to get jabs to poorer nations. “There remains a shocking […]

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China won’t grant WHO team access to raw data of early Covid-19 cases

Chinese authorities have refused grant raw data on early Covid-19 cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) team probing the origins of the pandemic. According to Dominic Dwyer, an Australian infectious disease expert, the WHO mission had requested raw patient data on 174 cases that China had identified from the early phase of the outbreak […]

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WHO team visit Wuhan hospital where first coronavirus patients were treated

The World Health Organization (WHO) team embarked upon its first full day investigating the origins of Covid in China. The 13-member visiting team travelled to the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine on Friday, where doctor Zhang Jixian as the first to report ‘an unknown pneumonia’ in an elderly couple in late […]

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WHO team probing COVID in Wuhan complete mandatory 14-day quarantine

The World Health Organization (WHO) team came out of their mandatory quarantine to start an on ground investigation into the origins of coronavirus in the city of Wuhan. The scientists will investigate people from research institutes, hospitals and the seafood market linked to the initial outbreak. The group of 13 experts arrived in Wuhan on […]

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China blocks entry of WHO team investigating Covid-19 origins

The World Health Organization (WHO) team looking into the origins of Covid-19 in the city of Wuhan were denied entry to China. Two members were already en route, with the WHO saying the problem was a lack of visa clearances. However, China has challenged this, saying details of the visit, including dates, were still being […]

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‘New highly infectious Covid-19 variant can be contained using existing measures’: WHO emergencies chief

The new Covid-19 variant identified in the United Kingdom with a higher transmission rate is not yet out of control and can be contained using existing measures, the World Health Organization said. “We have had a much higher (contamination rate) at different points in this pandemic and we’ve got it under control,” WHO’s emergencies chief […]

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WHO urges Europeans to wear masks, practise physical distancing during winter holiday season

The World Health Organization has urged Europeans to wear masks during family gatherings at Christmas. A statement from the WHO’s European regional office said that the massive increase in gatherings of families and friends across Europe during the winter holiday season brought a significant risk of increased Covid-19 transmission. It urged individuals, families and communities […]