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Covid-19 may have killed between 80k to 180k healthcare staff worldwide

Covid-19 has severely affected healthcare staff and may have killed between 80,000 and 180,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Healthcare workers must be prioritised for vaccines, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, and he criticised unfairness in the distribution of jabs. The deaths occurred between January 2020 and May of this year. Earlier, another […]

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‘Our last chance to determine Covid-19 origins’: WHO forms new scientific committee

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and urged China to provide data from early cases. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. […]

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3-year-old boy tests positive and dies from Ebola in eastern DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirmed a fresh Ebola case just five months after the latest epidemic was declared over. A three-year-old boy tested positive near the eastern city of Beni, one of the epicentres of the 2018-2020 outbreak, and died from the disease, Health Minister Jean Jacques Mbungani said in a statement on […]

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Aid workers in Democratic Republic of Congo accused of sexual abuse during Ebola crisis

More than 80 aid workers including some employed by the World Health Organization (WHO) were involved in incidents of sexual abuse and exploitation during an Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an independent commission said on Tuesday. The probe was prompted by an investigation after the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian […]

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Air pollution is more dangerous than previously thought, WHO warns

Air pollution is even more dangerous than previously thought, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. An estimated seven million people die prematurely each year from diseases linked to air pollution, the WHO says. Low- and middle-income countries suffer the most, because of their reliance on fossil fuels for economic development. The WHO puts air […]

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North Korea rejects three million Chinese-made Sinovac Covid-19 jabs

North Korea has asked that almost three million Covid-19 jabs offered to it be redirected elsewhere, the UN says. A spokesperson said the country had asked that the shots be relocated to harder hit nations in view of global vaccine shortages. Chinese-made Sinovac shots were offered under the Covax programme which aims to help poorer […]

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WHO forecasts 236,000 Covid-19 deaths in Europe by December

The World Health Organization has warned that another 236,000 people could die from COVID-19 in Europe by December 1, sounding the alarm over rising infections and stagnating vaccine rates on the continent. Countries across the region have seen infection rates tick up as the highly transmissible Delta variant takes hold, particularly among the unvaccinated. Poorer […]

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China rejects WHO plan to further investigate Covid-19 origin, assess Wuhan lab

China has rejected a fresh World Health Organization (WHO) plan to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO wants to audit laboratories in the area the virus was first identified. But Zeng Yixin, deputy health minister, said this showed “disrespect for common sense and arrogance toward science”. WHO experts said it was very […]

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‘By the time Olympic flame is extinguished 100,000 more people would’ve died,’ WHO chief

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, delayed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, finally kicked off on Wednesday. While the sport is a welcome distraction amid the global pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged us not to forget our reality. “By the time the Olympic flame is extinguished on […]

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Covid-19 Origin: WHO team hunt for mystery Italian woman believed to be ‘patient zero’

The World Health Organization (WHO) led team studying the origins of Covid-19 have turned their attention to the case of a mystery Italian woman. The 25-year-old visited a Milan hospital complaining of a sore throat and skin lesions in November 2019 – a month before Covid-19 would be identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan. […]

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‘Super-spreader Euro 2020’: Europe risks new wave of infections, WHO warns

The Covid-19 infections in Europe have risen by 10% in the past week after two months of decline and risk of a new wave of cases is growing, the World Health Organization has said. Regional director Hans Kluge blamed sluggish vaccine rollouts, new variants and increased social mixing. There are also concerns that the Euro […]

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WHO awards China malaria-free certificate as four years go by without any case

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared China malaria-free after a 70-year effort to wipe it out. China used to report 30 million cases a year during the 1940s. Since then, eradication efforts have driven down case numbers. The country used various methods to break the cycle of transmission of the parasite via mosquitos. The WHO […]